Keynote speakers

Dr. Dainius Pavalkis, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

Dr. Dainius Pavalkis is Professor at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. He acted as director for surgery for  ten years at one of the biggest university hospital in Lithuania – Kaunas Clinics. In 2012-2015 he was a Minister for Education and Science of Lithuania. During the Presidency of Lithuania over the Council of  Europe, he contributed to the development of Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and other future programs. Also, he was responsible for work up Smart Specialization Strategy in Lithuania. Since 2015 Dainius is Professor at Lithuanian University of Health sciences, Head of Innovation and Development Department at Kaunas Clinics, member of the Research Innovation Strategic Expert (RISE) High level advisory group to Commissioner Carlos Moedas, member of Scientific Panel for Health (SPH), and advisor of Kaunas Mayor. He has published over 280 publications. He is a co-author of policy brief for EC “Europe’s future: open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World” as an orientation towards the further policy of EU in Science, Research and innovation.

Dr. Irene Glendinning, BSc PhD CEng CITP FBCS

glendinningDr. Irene Glendinning has worked at Coventry University since 1990 lecturing in computer science and managing a range of undergraduate programmes, international partnerships and then taught postgraduate programmes until 2007. Earlier in her career she worked in various companies a programmer, systems analyst and project manager.  Before moving to Higher Education she was employed as a teacher in further education, secondary schools and adult education. Her current role is Academic Manager for Student Experience in the University’s Office of Teaching and Learning.  She has been Principal Investigator for several funded projects, including the EU Funded project Impact of Policies for Plagiarism in Higher Education Across Europe (IPPHEAE) 2010-2013.  Her on-going international research concerns educational policies for quality and integrity, student experience, pedagogy and diversity and equality.

Nora Skaburskienė, Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC), Lithuania

skaburskieneMs. Nora Skaburskienė has worked in the field of quality assurance since 2001. She became the Head of Institutional Review Division in 2009 and serves as the Acting Director of the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education in Lithuania since 2013. Currently, she is a Board member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the Network of Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA). Ms. Nora Skaburskienė is also involved in activities of national Bologna follow-up group as a member and in the working group of the ENQA on the quality assurance of e-learning. For two years acted as national representative from Lithuania in EC 7FP “People” Committee.

Nora Skaburskienė has extensive experience in coordinating study programme assessments, also managing the work of Division. Contributed to drafting various legal acts and methodologies. Has wide-ranging experience of participating in local and international projects, tasks varying from research activities, training, to leading the Project teams. As an expert Ms. Nora Skaburskienė took part in external review of Kostanay Pedagogical Institute organized by The Independent Kazakh Agency for Quality Assurance in Education in 2015 and evaluation of the British Accreditation Council organized by ENQA in 2014. Nora is an author of several publications on the issues of quality assurance published in national as well as international press; has a wide list of presentations in various events.

Nora Skaburskienė is a graduate of Vilnius University (Lithuania) in the field of Communication and Information Sciences.