Irina Ferencz

Irina Ferencz (née Lungu) is Deputy Director at ACA, the organisation where she also started her professional career in the field of internationalisation of European higher education in 2008, first as a trainee and then as a Policy Officer. Through her research work and project management at ACA, Irina has developed a specific expertise in the area of student and staff mobility in the European context. More concretely, this covers data collection methods, definitions, caveats on both degree and credit mobility, including Erasmus exchanges; quantitative trends analysis; and mobility policy analysis and development. She equally focuses on aspects related to internationalisation policies at university and at national level, development of internationalisation indicators, and the multi-level assessment of internationality. All in all, Irina is interested in comparative analysis on various aspects of international higher education.

Amongst others, Irina is also a member of the Publications Committee of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and a reviewer for the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE) and for Higher Education Policy (HIEP). She’s an experienced speaker and moderator, with presence at multiple international higher education events every year, and has served over the years as an advisor in various projects and initiatives, some at European and some at national level.

Irina is a Romanian national (despite her Hungarian last name) and a citizen of the world, feeling at home in multiple loci around the globe. She holds an advanced master’s degree in EU policies and politics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and an undergraduate degree from the Babeş-Bolyai University (Romania) in international relations and European studies. She is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG), Ghent University, researching internationalisation, identity and organisational change in universities of applied sciences (UAS).

Irina speaks Romanian (mother tongue), English, French, Italian and a bit of German. She also reads Spanish and masters ‘Larish’, a language of the under-two-year-olds.