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IREG 9 Conference

Ranking and Accreditation - two roads to the same goal?

organized by: IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence and Hasselt University

23-25 May 2018, Hasselt, Belgium
Martelarenlaan 42

Wednesday, 23 May

Whole day

Arrival of participants

16:00 – 17:30

Executive Committee of IREG Observatory (close meeting)
Hasselt University Main Building

17:30 – 18:30

Accompanying event

Launching of the Three University Missions Ranking
[location: Aula Louis Verhaegen Hasselt University]

18:30 – 21:30

Reception (and registration)
[location: Hasselt University Restaurant]


Thursday, 24 May

8.30 - 9.00

[location: Foyer, Hasselt University]

9.00 - 9.45

Opening Session
[location: Aula Louis Verhaegen]


  • Jan Sadlak, President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence
  • Luc de Schepper, Rector, Hasselt University

Special guest:

  • Philip Van Aevermaet, Head of the Research Division at the Department of Economy, Sciences and Innovation of the Flemish Government (Belgium)
9.45 - 11.00

First Session: The role of rankings and accreditation in improving the quality of higher education - American and European experience

Chair: Thomas Parker, Senior Associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy (USA)


  • Judith S. Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation CHEA (USA)
  • Thorsten Kliewe, Chair, Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (The Netherlands)
  • Carlos Carvalho and Alexandra Pontes, Experts in Quality, Técnico Lisboa Rankings Observatory (Portugal)


11.00 - 11.30

Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.00

Special speaker:

  • Stefaan Hermans, Director of the Policy strategy and Evaluation in DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
12.00 - 13.00

Second Session: Role of ranking and accreditation in Asia, Africa and Latin America

Chair: Luiz Claudio Costa, Vice Rector, IESB University in Brasilia, former Minister of Education (Brazil)


  • Angela Yung-chi Hou, Executive Director of Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council, Vice President of APQN (Taiwan)
  • Palak Sheth, Director, Pandit Deendayal Petrolum University (India)
  • Illahi Bakhsh Marghazani, Director, Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, Balochistan (Pakistan)


13.00 - 13.45


13.45 - 14.00

Poster session

14.00 - 14.30

Special presentation

  • Stephane Berghmans, VP Academic & Research Relations, Europe, Elsevier Will Open Science influence accreditation and rankings?
14.30 - 15.30

Third Session: Accreditations and rankings in the strategic management of the university (perspective of IREG Observatory members)

Chair: Witold Bielecki, Rector, Kozminski University (Poland)


  • Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, President, Qatar University (Qatar)
  • Mikhail Strikhanov, Rector National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia)
  • Mirko Degli Esposti, Deputy Rector, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna (Italy)


15.30 - 16.00

Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.30

Fourth Session: Building bridges between ranking and accreditation in engineering education

Chair: Waldemar Siwinski, President, Perspektywy Education Foundation, Vice President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence (Poland)


  • Bernard Remaud, President, European Network for Engineering Accreditation "ENAEE" (France)
  • Dirk Bochar, Secretary General, European Federation of National Engineering Associations “FEANI” (Belgium)
  • Michal Kleiber, Vice-President of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) in Salzburg
  • Anne-Marie Jolly, Professor Emeritus in University of Orleans, Member of French Accreditation Commission for Engineering Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur (France)
  • Marek Pawelczyk, Vice Rector for Science and Development, Silesian University of Technology (Poland)


19.00 - 21.30

Conference Gala Dinner
[Location: Radisson Blu Hotel]

Friday, 25 May

9.00 - 10.30

Fifth Session: Use of rankings as instruments for benchmarking

Chair: Sadia Vancauwenbergh, Project Leader ECOOM-UHasselt, Hasselt University, (Belgium)

Keynote speaker:

  • Ellen Hazelkorn Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)


  • Caroline Friedhoff, Project Manager, U-Multirank (Germany)
  • Hanne Poelmans, Research Coordination Office, Hasselt University (Belgium)
  • Euiho Suh, Associate Vice President, DGIST; President, URFK (Republic of Korea)


10.30 - 11.00

Coffee Break


Sixth Session: Recent Developments in Academic Rankings

Chair: Gero Federkeil, Head of Intenational Rankings, U-Multirank Consortium, Vice President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence (Germany)


  • Ben Sowter, Head of Division, QS Inteligence Unit (United Kingdom)
  • Dmitry Grishankov, President, RAEX Rating Agency, Mikhail Myagkov (Russia)
  • Robert Morse, Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report (USA)
  • Andras Telcs, Scientific Advisor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
  • Rui Zhang, Director, Evaluation Center for World First Class Universities and Disciplines (China)
  • Guleda Dogan, Hacettepe University (Turkey)



Closing Session

  • Jean-Michel Rigo, Vice-Rector Research, Hasselt University
  • Jan Sadlak, President, IREG Observatory

Invitation to IREG-Conference 2019

13.00 - 13.45

Farewell lunch

13.45 - 16.30

General Assembly of IREG Observatory (member organizations only)
[location: Aula Louis Verhaegen]



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