Secretariat

UNICA Secretariat in Brussels

 

For general queries, please write to office@unica-network.eu
 
Secretary General
 
Ms Kris DEJONCKHEERE
Tel: +32 (0)2 514.78.00 
e-mail: kris.dejonckheere@unica-network.eusecretary.general@unica-network.eu

Project & Communications Officer

Ms Marta BRELIH-WASOWSKA
Tel: +32 (0)2 514.79.00 

Project Officer

 
Ms Marta RACHLEWICZ
Tel: +32 (0)2 514.79.00  
e-mail: marta.rachlewicz@unica-network.eu
Assistant
 
Ms Laura BROSSICO
Tel: +32 (0)2 514.79.00 
Project Assistant (Intern)
Ms Kertu KUUSKARU (Intern, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Project Assistant
 
The list of previous UNICA interns is available under this link.

Meet the Team

 

Secretary General

Ms Kris DEJONCKHEERE

Tel: +32 (0)2 514.78.00 

e-mail: kris.dejonckheere@unica-network.eusecretary.general@unica-network.eu

 

Kris Dejonckheere assumed the position of UNICA Secretary General in 2001. As head of the General Secretariat of an international network of 46 universities, she has a profound understanding of the processes taking place in the European Higher Education Area and extensive knowledge of higher education policy consulting, team leadership and management of European projects. Kris represents UNICA at the senior level in contacts with European Union institutions, HE organisations, networks and non-governmental organisations from and outside Europe. Together with the UNICA Board, she develops UNICA strategic and annual work plans and takes a key role in designing programmes and content of UNICA seminars and workshops.

 

For 6 years, Kris was the project coordinator of the Higher Education Reform project, a service contract with the European Commission the main aim of which was the training of Bologna Experts and Higher Education Reform Experts from Tempus Partner Countries. She has also coordinated several projects carried out in the framework of Lifelong Learning Programme and three Tempus programmes: PRIUM: Promoting a model of Integrated University in the fYR of Macedonia (completed in 2010) and UZDOC: Enhancing quality of doctoral education at HEIs in Uzbekistan and RUMI: Réseau des universités marocaines pour l'enseignement inclusif - Network of Moroccan Universities for Inclusive Education (both ongoing).

 

Kris holds degrees in Law and Ethics from Ghent University. She spent her early career as Law and Ethics teacher at several HEIs and assumed the role of Political Advisor for University matters to the Flemish Minister for Education. Prior to joining UNICA she held various positions at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and for many years she was responsible for Research and Development, International Relations & Interface with the Industry.

 

 

Project & Communications Officer

Ms Marta BRELIH-WASOWSKA

Tel: +32 (0)2 514.79.00

E-mail: marta.wasowska@unica-network.eu

 

Marta Brelih-Wasowska joined the UNICA office in November 2010. As Project and Communications Officer she is responsible for external and internal communications activities and the content for the UNICA publications, newsletters, and the content management of UNICA websites and portals. Marta coordinates different events and activities organized by the Network in the areas of Research & Development, Policy & Strategy, and University PR & Communication. She also functions as a liaison officer between the UNICA Secretariat and UNICA member universities. Marta has been consortium member of several European projects (LLP, TEMPUS, Erasmus+ KA2) and has supported the preparation of project proposals and bids. In May 2015, she took up the role of Project Officer for the UNICA-led Tempus project UZDOC: Enhancing the quality of doctoral education at Higher Education Institutions in Uzbekistan.

 

Marta holds an MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Warsaw) and BSc in International Economics (Warsaw School of Economics). She also studied International Administration at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in the framework of the EU-Canada INTERPARSE programme. She currently follows an executive MSc in Management programme at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Prior to joining UNICA, she worked as translator and language trainer.

 

 

Project Officer

Ms Marta RACHLEWICZ

Tel: +32 (0)2 514.79.00

E-mail: marta.rachlewicz@unica-network.eu

 

Marta Rachlewicz joined the UNICA Secretariat team in February 2014. As Project Officer, she is in charge of administrative and financial management of various projects co-financed by the EU (Tempus, LLP, Intelligent Energy Europe, Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+ KA2). She is currently Project Officer of the Tempus RUMI project: Réseau des universités marocaines pour l'enseignement inclusif - Network of Moroccan Universities for Inclusive Education, coordinated by UNICA since 2013.  Marta also supports the Network's activities in the area of Mission & Link with Society, including City-University Cooperation and UNICA GREEN.

 

Marta holds a Master of Arts (summa cum laude) in Art History from the University of Warsaw. She also studied at the University of Copenhagen in the framework of Erasmus exchange programme.

 

 

UNICA Assistant 

Ms Laura BROSSICO

Tel: +32 (0)2 514.79.00

E-mail: office@unica-network.eu

Laura Brossico joined the UNICA Secretariat team in March 2017. As UNICA Assistant, she supports the office in the organisation of meetings and project-related activities and provides assistance to the UNICA President and Secretary General. Laura has previously worked at Sapienza University of Rome and Noopolis Foundation in Rome.

 

 

Project Assistant (Intern)

Ms Kertu KUUSKARU

Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Tallinn University