Director, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)

Member of ARC8 Expert Group on Inclusive International Mobility of People and Knowledge

Ms Irina Ferencz is the Director of the Brussels-based Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), working in the field of international higher education since 2008.

Through her research, publications and project management at ACA, Irina has developed a specific interest and expertise in the area of international student and staff mobility in the European context (data collections, trends, policies), as well as in planning, monitoring and assessing internationalisation activities at the institutional and national level, with a growing interest in widening inclusion in internationalisation activities.

Currently, Irina is also a PhD candidate at Ghent University, Center for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG), researching internationalisation and organisational identity in higher education and an occasional reviewer for two higher education journals. Irina holds an MSc degree in European Politics and Policies (KU Leuven, Belgium) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and European Studies (Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Romania).

She is a Romanian national, speaks several languages including ‘Larish’ (a language of the under-two-year-olds), and calls Belgium ‘home’.

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