Levelling the International Playing Field: Speaker Profiles

Pavel Zgaga, Professor, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education

Pavel Zgaga is Professor of the Faculty of Education at the University of Ljubljana. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Ljubljana University (1989) and a honorary doctorate from Universitet Umeå, Sweden (2007). Hi s teaching and research is focused on the philosophy of education, educational policy and in particular on higher education; he published extensively in these areas. He was Dean of the Faculty of Education (2001-2004), and is currently Director of the Centre for Education Policy Studies (CEPS).

During the 1990s, Dr. Zgaga was State Secretary for Higher Education (1992-1999), Minister of Education and Sports (1999-2000), and head of a working group on “Education, Training and Youth” during EU accession negotiations (1998-1999). After his return to academe, he has engaged in the Bologna process, serving as general rapporteur (2001-2003), as a member of the Board of the Bologna Follow-up Group (2004-2005) and as the rapporteur of the BFUG Working Group on External Dimension of the Bologna Process (2006-2007). He has been involved in several national and European research and development projects in higher education. He is a member of the advisory boards of several journals, e.g. Theory and Research in Education and Journal of Education Policy. Additionally, he is Co-founder of the South-east European Educational Cooperation Network www.see-educoop.net.