Steering Committee

Members of the UNICA Steering Committee

(period of mandate: 01/01/2020-31/12/2021)


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Professor Carmela CALES BOURDET 

Vice-Rector for Internationalization, Universidad Autónoma of Madrid


Prof. Carmela Calés Bourdet is Vice-Rector for Internationalization of Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. She is full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. Her research has evolved from classical biochemistry to molecular and cell biology and is currently focusing on biomedical approaches at the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas Alberto Sols (IIBAS), a joint center from the "Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and currently one of the most important Biomedical Research Centers in Spain.

In her position as Vice-Rector, Prof. Carmela Calés Bourdet has been developing the UAM internationalization strategy since July 2017 and has been involved since the very beginning in CIVIS, the European University Alliance that has been selected for funding in the first pilot call. 

Since 2018, she is one of the three elected vocal members of the CRUE (Spanish Rectors Conference) Executive Board for Internationalization and Development. 

From 2010 to 2017, she was the Director of UAM Scientific Culture Unit. From 1999 to 2001 she was Vice-Dean for Research of the School of Medicine, and Vice-Director at the IIBAS from 2001 to 2003. 



Professor Jolanta CHOIŃSKA-MIKA

Former Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Quality of Teaching, University of Warsaw



Prof. Jolanta Choińska-Mika is Professor at the Institute of History, University of Warsaw (PhD 1991, habilitation 2004). Prior to assuming the position of Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Quality of Teaching, she was Vice-Head of the Institute of History (2005-2012), Member of the University Senate's Commission for Students, Doctoral Students and Quality of Teaching (2008-2016) and a member of Rector's special group for monitoring the teaching & training programme for prospective teachers (2014-2016). Between 2015 and 2016, she was the first Director of the School of Education, a joint undertaking of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation of the University of Warsaw.

In addition to these activities, Prof. Choińska-Mika is a researcher in Early Modern European history, parliamentary history and political culture. She also teaches a wide range of courses. Her recent academic publications focus on early modern republicanism, parliament and parliamentary institutions, early modern social communication, as well as the relationship between localities and the centres of power. 

Apart from being a member of scientific committees of several journals, Prof. Choińska-Mika is also a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Education and the Central Examination Board (CKE) and a Member of the International Commission for the History of Parliaments and Representative Institutions of the Polish Historical Society. For her public engagement and achievements in the field of education, she was awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta (2016) and the Medal of Commission of National Education (2011).


Professor Sorin COSTREIE

Vice-Rector for Public Relations and University Networks, University of Bucharest 


Prof. Sorin Costreie is Vice-Rector for Public Relations and University Networks of the University of Bucharest. He was previosuly Vice-Rector for International Relations and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy in 2016 and 2017, and is a member of the University Senate since 2011. In between, in 2016, he was Adviser to the Minister and State Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research. He was the Head of the Quality Management Department (2008-2016). 

He is Associate Professor at the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Bucharest. He holds a PhD in Philosophy (University of Bucharest, 2007), with a thesis in philosophy of mathematics, and pursued further doctoral studies in philosophy of langauge at the University of Western Ontario, Canada between 2000 and 2008. He has published articles, books and edited volumes with Routledge, Springer, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Humanitas, University of Bucharest Press, etc. 

He was awarded several scholarships and fellowships to study for extended periods in Canada, United States, Germany, Spain, and Italy. His area of interest has lately focused on mathematical cognition and critical thinking. He is member of various professional associations, and since 2014 he is member of the Steering Committee of the European Society of Analytic Philosophy.



Professor Caroline PAUWELS

Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Professor dr. Caroline Pauwels is Rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She studied Philosophy and Communication Sciences and since 1989 is a member of the Communication Sciences Department, that she presided for several years. 
She promoted in 1995 with a dissertation on the audiovisual policy of the European Union. From 2000 to 2016, Rector Pauwels directed the Research Center SMIT, that specializes in Information and Communication Technologies, and that became part of iMinds (now IMEC) in 2004. Within iMinds, Rector Pauwels was Head of the Digital Society Department that unites Research Groups from the Universities of Ghent, Leuven and Brussels. 
From 2012 to 2014, the University of Ghent awarded her the Francqui Chair. In addition, she was/is a member of several Boards of Directors, functioned as Government Commissioner for the VRT and is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.



Professor Sibel SUZEN

Vice-Rector , Ankara University 


Professor Sibel Süzen is Vice-Rector for International Relations and Projects at Ankara University since 2019. She graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Pharmacy in 1985. After completing her Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the same university in 1989, she received her doctorate in 1997 from the University of Swansea, UK, Department of Chemistry. She continued her research at Swansea University in various years. She has been a member of European Farmacopea expert in Group (Semi synthetic and synthetic compounds) since 2011.

In the last 10 years, she has been working as Institutional Erasmus Coordinator, Internationalization and Foreign Relations Coordinator of Ankara University. She has been coordinating the opening of English taught programs as well as international projects, internship agreements and educational programs of the EU.

She carried out numerous projects supported by Tübitak and University resources. She is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and many chapters in various books both in Turkey and abroad. She worked as project manager and organized several scientific meetings. She has been a member of the Editorial Board of various scientific journals.  Since 2008, she is full Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy of Ankara University.



IRO Observer to the Steering Committee (2019-2021)


University of Rome Tor Vergata


Damiano Pinnacchio is the Coordinator of the International Relations Office at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. With a background in economics, he gained experience over fifteen years in the international cooperation field. He was a member of many (and coordinated some) working groups developing joint educational and research projects with Institutions in Africa, Asia, East Europe, Latin America and Russia. He contributed to fostering the process of internazionalization at home, the deveIopment of curricula in English as well as the development of dual degree programs and mobility for incoming and outgoing students and academics. As representative of his University he partecipates in the meetings of many international networks (APAIE, EAIE, UNICA, Coimbra Group of Brazil, EUA, BRICS, YERUN, etc.) and is the referent of Erasmus Mundus projects as Techno I and II, Ibrasil, Bemundus, etc. He has been active in the EAIE community and was elected as a member of the EAIE Expert Community Cooperation for Development for the period 2018/2020.