- Mariá José Lemaitre, Inter-University Center for Development (CINDA)
The presentation will relate recognition at different levels of the education process with the diversification of students and the requirements for lifelong learning. The experience of learning about flexible learning pathways, their enablers and obstacles, as well as attrition rates in different countries shows that higher education must move towards a different approach, focusing mostly on the needs of students and adults willing to upgrade, update or specialize their competencies in order to meet the challenges they face as they continue to be active beyond the traditional 25 - 65 age span.
Inter-University Center for Development
Sociologist, with graduate studies in education, is currently the Executive Director of CINDA, a network of universities in Latin America and Europe. Former president of INQAAHE and of RIACES, the Iberoamerican Network for QA, she oversaw the design and implementation of quality assurance processes in Chile between 1990 and 2007. She has served as a consultant on quality assurance, higher education management, policy design and implementation in Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia. She has also chaired reviews of quality assurance programs and processes for DAAD, UNESCO, IDB, OECD and the World Bank.