Irina Ferencz

Irina Ferencz (neé Lungu), a Romanian national, holds a Bachelor (License) in International Relations and European Studies of Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, and a Master in European Politics and Policies (magna cum laude) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She is currently enrolled in a PhD programme at the International Centre for Higher Education (INCHER) at the University of Kassel (on student mobility in the Bologna Process). After joining ACA as a trainee in August 2008, she became a Policy Officer in the spring of 2009. Still young in years, Irina Ferencz has already authored and co-authored or co-edited six books, as well as further book chapters and articles.

Her main interests and expertise are in the fields of international student mobility (both quantitative and qualitative analyses) and in internationalisation policies at the university and national level, including the assessment of internationalisation through the use of indicators. Irina led ACA’s Mapping mobility in European higher education study (2011) and European and national mobility policies study (2012), both of which involved EU-wide surveys of 30+ countries.  

She often represents ACA at international conferences as a speaker, moderator or panellist.

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