The EUA Board is comprised of the President and eight members, including two Vice-Presidents, all of whom are current or former rectors. The Board meets at least three times a year and is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Association's policy and the planning of its activities. The members are elected for four-year terms.

The Presidency is comprised of the President and the two Vice-Presidents. The President holds office for four years and is not eligible for re-election. The Vice-Presidents deputise for the President in his or her absence.

  • Prof. Rolf Tarrach, President
    University of Luxembourg

    Professor Rolf Tarrach was rector of the trilingual University of Luxembourg since 2005 – a position that he held for ten years. He was born in 1948 in Valencia, Spain, studied Physics at the University of Valencia and obtained his PhD from the University of Barcelona. He subsequently served as a postdoctoral researcher at CERN, Geneva, and was a professor of theoretical physics at the Universities of Valencia and Barcelona.

    Rolf Tarrach has published more than 100 papers in theoretical high energy physics, quantum field theory, and quantum mechanics and has written two books on quantum information theory. He has been honoured with a honoris causa degree from the University of Saint Petersburg Russia, and he is the recipient of eight official prizes. He was Dean of the School of Physics and Vice-Rector of the University of Barcelona.

    Rolf Tarrach is the former president of CSIC Madrid (the Spanish Scientific Research Council) and a former member of the European Union Research Advisory Board, of the European Heads of Research Council group which he also chaired and of the 5-year assessment panel of experts of the European Commission. He is a former member of the Board of Telefonica of Catalonia and has been a coorganiser of the first three Euroscience Open Forum meetings in Stockholm (2004), Munich (2006) and Barcelona (2008). In 2008 he became the President of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) and was the Vice-chair of the jury of the French “Initiative d’excellence” in 2011-12, which he is again (2015-2017).

    Professor Tarrach continues to be a professor of Physics at the University of Luxembourg. He has been a Council Member of the European University Association (EUA) for ten years.

  • Prof. Martine Rahier, Vice-President
    University of Neuchâtel

    Originally from Belgium, Martine Rahier holds an Engineering degree in Agronomy from the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles - 1977). She continued her studies in the United States at the Universities of Cornell and Berkeley, and went on to obtain a PhD in Science from the University of Basel (1983), and a further “Habilitation” in Ecology from the University of Zurich (1993).

    Granted a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) in 1988, she became a Professor of Entomology and Animal Ecology at the University of Neuchâtel in 1994. In 2001, she founded the “Plant Survival” National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), which she directed for seven years. From 2008 to 2015, she served as the Rector of the University of Neuchâtel. Martine Rahier has been a member of several national and international university committees; she has also been president of various committees assessing research programmes and projects, as well as of scientific associations. Author of numerous publications, she has also supervised a large number of doctoral theses. 

    Martine Rahier was a member of the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities (2008-2016) and President of the “swissuniversities” (2013-2015). She has been a member of the German Accreditation Council since 2013 and a member of the council of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria since 2017. 

    Term of office: 2015-2019

  • Prof. Paul Boyle, Vice-President
    Swansea University

    Paul Boyle CBE is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, responsible for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK research councils; and President of Science Europe, representing over 50 European funding agencies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Geographical Society of Scotland.

    Boyle is Chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council, Scotland’s highest science advisory body; a Board Member of Universities UK that provides leadership and support to executive heads of 133 UK University institutions and is Chair of their Research Policy Network. He is an ‘impact champion’ for the United Nations HeForShe global solidarity movement for gender equality; a Council Member and Trustee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which has over 500 member institutions in 37 Commonwealth countries; Chair of the Q-Step Strategy Board, promoting quantitative social science training in the UK; on the Advisory Board of the UPP Foundation; and the Advisory Board of Sporting Equals, promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity.

    Term of office: 2017-2021

  • Prof. Wieslaw Banyś
    University of Silesia

    Wieslaw Banys is the former rector of the University of Silesia and President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP). He has worked in the fields of general linguistics and romance linguistics: semantic grammar, cognitive linguistics, cognitive computational lexicography, logical foundations of linguistics; applied linguistics: machine translation and computer-aided translation, electronic databases of specialised lexicons.

    His main scientific achievements include the construction of a semantic theory in the form of logical calculus, a ‘cognitive map’, of the system of French language constructions expressing conditionality and implication, development of a theory of description of object-oriented language, integrating linguistic semantic hierarchies and concepts of frames and scripts. He has published three books and edited three books. He is the editor-in-chief of linguistic review Neophilologica, co-editor of five books, 61 papers, domestic and international fellowships, member of many scientific societies and associations. He has been honoured with the Golden Cross of Merit (PL), Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (PL), Légion d’honneur, Doctor honoris causa of Pedagogical University of Cracow.

    Term of office: 2015-2019

  • Prof. Holger Burckhart
    University of Siegen

    Prof. Holger Burckhart completed his PhD in philosophy in 1990 and his postdoctoral lecture qualification in 1997. In 2008 he was appointed to the professorship for “Anthropology and Ethics in Curative Education, taking Special Account of People with Disabilities” at the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Cologne. From 2007 to 2009 he was also pro-rector for “Teaching, Studies and Study Reform” at the University of Cologne.

    He is currently the Rector of the University of Siegen, vice-­president of the German Rectors’ Conference for the department of “Teaching, Learning, Teacher Training, and Lifelong Learning” and member of the German Accreditation Council. In 2014 he was appointed to the professorship for “Philosophy of Education with special focus in Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics and Theory of Science” at the University of Siegen. In 2015 he was elected to the board of the European University Association.

    Term of office: 2015-2019

  • Prof. Hana Machková
    University of Economics in Prague

    Hana Machková is the Rector of the University of Economics, Prague (VŠE). She is Professor of International Marketing. Since 1990 she has led the French-Czech Institute of Management (IFTG) and has been teaching as Visiting Professor at the University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 for many years. Hana Machková is the President of the VŠE Scientific Board and a member of the Scientific Board of the University of Economics in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Masaryk University in Brno.

    Hana Machková is active in many international associations. She is a member of the CEMS Strategic Board, of the Managing Board of EIASM, of the International Advisory Board of WU Vienna and iaelyon, School of Management. Hana Machková is the holder of two French honours. She is the Chevalier des Palmes Académiques and Chevalier de la Légion d´honneur.

    Term of office: 2017-2021

  • Prof. Michael Murphy
    University College Cork

    Michael Murphy graduated in Medicine from University College Cork in 1973. After his postgraduate training in Dublin and at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, he received his doctorate from the National University of Ireland in 1984.  During the next eight years he held faculty positions in Pharmacology and Medicine at The University of Chicago before returning to Cork as Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 1992. An expert in drug therapy for cardiovascular disease, he has led several large international clinical trials of interventions to reduce cardiovascular mortality. 
    Michael Murphy has held a variety of leadership roles including President of UCC for a decade, Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Chair of the Health Research Board of Ireland, Chair of the Irish Universities Association, Chair of the Permanent Working Group (PWG) of European Hospital Doctors. A past member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the US National Dairy Council he has been active in many academic organisations in Europe and the United States.

    Term of office: 2017-2021

  • Prof. Mari Sundli Tveit
    Norwegian University of Life Sciences

    Mari Sundli Tveit is Rector at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The university is currently implementing the merger between the former Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, including one of the largest infrastructure investments in Norwegian university history (€1 billion). 

    She has previously been pro-rector at the same university, and has served as board member in a range of institutions within academia. Mari Sundli Tveit has a background in ecology and nature management, and is professor of landscape architecture. Her main research interests are landscape ecology and landscape perception and preferences, and development of frameworks for landscape assessment.

    Term of office: 2015-2019

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