Dr. Tatiana Fumasoli is employed as a post-doctoral fellow at ARENA in University of Oslo. She holds a PhD (2011) in Communication Sciences from Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). Her thesis was called ‘Strategy as evolutionary path. Five higher education institutions on the move’. Prior to her PhD she obtained an Executive Master in Communications Manafgement from USI and worked as a researcher at CORe (Centre for Organizational Research) Faculty of Economics at the USI.
She is also a member of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on the European Research Area (ERA-CRN).
Her main research interests are linked to higher education research, management sciences, and organisation theory.
Dr. Hamish Coates is the Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research, and an Associate Professor with the LH Martin Institute. In the last decade he has been responsible for a number of large scale projects and he has published numerous publications on the definition, measurement and evaluation of education processes, contexts and outcomes. His further research interests include large-scale evaluation, tertiary education policy, institutional strategy, outcomes assessment, learner engagement, academic work and leadership, quality assurance, tertiary admissions, as well as assessment methodology.
He is a member of a number of editorial boards, as well having experience with consultancy work for both the World Bank and OECD. Furthermore, he has held visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan and UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning
Episode 40 of our podcast series features Professor Teboho Moja(New York University). She shares her experiences with a recent CHET project on South African youth that identified that as much as one third of South African youth in the age of 15-24 was outside the labour market as well as educational opportunities – as such being a “social time bomb“. In the interview she reflects on some of the findings of the project and gives some suggestions on the possible ways forward.
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Teboho Moja has held key positions at several South African universities as well as being appointed the chair of the board of the University of South Africa and she is a member of the board for several international organisations (UNESCO IIEP and World Education Market). She has worked as a policy analyst and was appointed as the Executive Director and Commissioner to the National Commission on Higher Education by President Mandela. Professor Moja has also been a visiting professor in Oslo as well as Tampere for the Hedda Master programme in higher education. Currently, she is a Clinical Professor at New York University.
Her research interests are focused on higher education reform issues in governance and policy, as well as the impact of globalization on higher education and she has authored a number of publications related to these issues as well as topics related to South African educational system and changes since 1994.
Episode 39 of our podcast series features Professor Isa Jahnke from Umeå University in Sweden. In the podcast she sheds light on her recent work on interactive media and learning, as well as the concept of digital didactics in higher education.
Isa Jahnke is a Professor in Interactive Media and Learning (IML) at Department of Applied Educational Science in Umeå University, Sweden. Her background is in sociology (advanced role theory of socio-technical systems), digital didactics (Hochschuldidaktik) and academic development. She has her doctoral education from Dortmund University where she focused on Informatics & Society. She has later held positions at University of Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany), University of Colorado at Boulder (USA), University of Dortmund (Germany), and she became a professor at Umeå University in 2011.
Her current research is focused on iPad-Didactics & digital didactical designs, Digital Didactic Design (digitale didaktische Gestaltung) both in schools and higher education.
Episode 38 of our podcast series features Drs. Frans Kaiser and Elisabeth Epping from CHEPS who share their experiences with U-Map, a project mapping horizontal diversity of higher education institutions in Europe and beyond (U-Map website).
Drs. Frans Kaiser is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) in University of Twente in Netherlands. He obtained his degree in public administration from the same institution in 1986, and further worked at the Department of Public Administration. Since 1988 he has worked at CHEPS and became the co-ordinator of the CHEPS International Higher Education Monitor in 1994. His research interests are linked to higher education classifications, use of indicators, comparative methodology and system level issues in higher education.
Elisabeth Epping is a Junior Research Associate at CHEPS, and holds a Masters Degree cum laude in Public Administration from the University of Twente. At CHEPS she first worked as a project coordinator for the U-Multirank project, and since 2012 has worked as a coordinator of U-Map in the Nordic countries. Her main research interests are linked to classification of higher education, internationalisation and cross-border higher education.
Episode 37 of our podcast series features dr. Don F. Westerheijden who reflects on recent developments in quality assurance in the Netherlands, after a large scale public scandal highlighting doubts over quality in a number of Dutch higher education institutions.
Dr. Don F. Westerheijden is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) in University of Twente in Netherlands. He obtained his PhD from University of Twente and is now working as a co-ordinator of research related to quality management.
He has published a number of books and journal articles on issues related to quality assurance and has extensive experience in self-evaluation and external quality assessment processes in many countries around the world. His current research interests are related to institutional and systemic impacts of both internal and external quality assessment procedures, and design of rankings and public information systems for higher education.