Elie

Nominated By: DUYKAERTS Caty
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Emeritus Professor
Family Names(s): MILGROM
Mailing Address: Rue du Sartau, 37
B-1325 Dion-Valmont
Country: Belgium
Office Telephone: +32 10 84 03 17
Office Fax: +32 10 84 91 05
Residence Telephone: +32 10 84 03 17
Email: elie.milgrom@saguaro.be
Nationality/Citizenship: Belgian
Date of Birth: 29-01-1944
Current Position: Managing director Saguaro S.A.
Current Employer: Saguaro S.A.
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: English, French, Dutch
Fluent in Writing: English, French, Dutch
Fluent in Speaking: English, French, Dutch
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: MSc EE,Universiteit Gent (BE),1966
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: PhD EE&CS,Israel Institute of Technology,1971
Nominee Application Form: Part B
Areas:
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • Program reviews / accreditations
  • General QA consultancy
Specialisations:
  • Training of experts/external reviewers
  • Internal QA of institutions
  • External review of institutions
  • Quality Indicators and benchmarks
  • External Review of QAAs
  • Institutional assessment
  • Institutional quality audits
  • Student feedback and surveys
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: University computer science program reviews, on behalf of VLIR
Institution/City/Country: All Flemish universities in Belgium
Date: 2009-2010
Type of Experience:
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
2. Brief Description: Designing curricula for quality
Institution/City/Country: Several (16) Schools of Engineering in France
Date: 2009-2011
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
3. Brief Description: Higher education computer science program reviews, on behalf of AEQES
Institution/City/Country: 8 French-language institutions of higher education in Belgium
Date: 2011-2012
Type of Experience:
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
4. Brief Description: Accredited as expert for QAA assessment
Institution/City/Country: ENQA
Date: Sept. 2011
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: In 1998, towards the end of my active career as a full professor of computer science at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain - Belgium), I started wondering about the quality of teaching - and learning - in higher education, including in my own teaching. Together with a number of colleagues, we decided to tackle the subject as we would tackle any new scientific topic: by finding out what the state of the art was, by attending conferences, by reading and discussing the relevant literature, and by visiting institutions which had implemented new approaches to teaching and which had evaluated the usefulness, the efficacy, and the efficiency of these approaches.rnThe next step was to put what we had learned into practice: we designed and implemented a new curriculum for the School of Engineering, with a set of clearly stated learning outcomes and pedagogical methods, mostly problem- and project-based, which would allow our students to reach these outcomes. We had the results of the changeover analyzed by experts; the results they were able to put forward were encouraging enough to lead to the publication of a book.rnThis experience has led us to discover the importance of (1) professional development of lecturers w.r.t. pedagogy and quality in HE, (2) quality assessment of teaching and learning, and (3), more generally, the development of a culture of quality throughout institutions.rnA number among us, including myself, thought that, as academics, we could play a significant role in the professional development of other lecturers. With the support of UCLouvain, we created a spin-off company devoted to this aim (see http://www.FA2L.be). This company has provided training sessions to a growing number of HE institutions, mostly in France. Our most important contribution is making managers and lecturers aware of the possibility - indeed the urgent need - to think rationally about teaching and learning and to show how this can be done. This naturally leads to the notions of accountability, quality, quality assessment, quality assurance, etc. Several of these institutions then asked for consulting support in those areas, for instance to prepare for an external quality assessment of the institutions and/or of their programs.rnMy time is now almost entirely devoted to issues related to quality in HE. I am currently actively involved in the design of a new set of criteria and indicators for AEQES, the QAA for the French-language region of Belgium. I recently have been vetted as an expert for the assessment of QAA's by ENQA.

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