Quality in Key Areas of Academic life


This conference marks the end of the first cycle of Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) in Iceland 2011-2015 and opens the scene for the next cycle 2016-2020.

Participating in this conference will be international experts, the Minister and representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and staff and students from Icelandic Higher Education Institutions. The conference will be held in Grand Hotel Reykjavík on 10 November 2015, 9.30-15:00. 



  • 9.30 – 9.40
    Welcome by Conference Chair
    Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland and Chair of the Rectors' Conference
  • 9.40 – 10.15          
     Student perspectives: How did we do in QEF1?
    Nanna Elísa Jakobsdóttir, chair of the Federation of Icelandic Students ( presentation )
  • 10.15 – 10.45        

    The Icelandic Quality Enhancement Framework: The self-reflection process from a European perspective 
    Andrée Sursock, Senior Adviser, European University Association (EUA) ( presentation )

  • 10.45 – 11.05        Coffee
  • 11.05 – 11.35       
    Quality management of research – FINEEC findings and the new European Standards and Guidelines
    Helka Kekäläinen, Head of Unit, Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) and Vice-President, European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) ( presentation )
  • 11.35 – 12.15       
    The Importance of research evaluation in quality enhancement
    Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, Rector of the University of Akureyri ( presentation )
  • 12.15 – 13.20      
  • 13.20 – ­13.30       
    Government policy on quality enhancement in higher education
    Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Education, Science and Culture
  • 13.30 – 13.45       
    Implementation of the government policy
    Una Strand Viðarsdóttir, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
  • 13.45 – 14.00       
    Expectations towards QEF2 from the perspective of the Quality Council
    Magnús Diðrik Baldursson, Chair of the Quality Council for Higher Education in Iceland ( presentation )
  • 14.00 – 14.40       
    The proposed response in QEF2
    Norman Sharp, Chair of the Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland ( presentation )
  • 14.40 – 15:00        
    Plenary discussion and conference close               

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