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Members of University Board


Dennis Farrington PhD was educated in England and Northern Ireland and has worked in higher education for over 30 years, previously in the UK civil service. He has been a consultant in education reform to the Council of Europe and other international bodies in 12 countries since 1994, including Albania and Kosovo, currently advising in Armenia and Ukraine, and is the author of five textbooks on higher education law. Dennis became one of the members of the SEEU International Foundation in 2000, and has worked in different capacities for SEEU since 2002. He was elected President of the University Board and Foundation in 2008 and Associate Professor in the Law Faculty in 2011. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Oxford, and a member of the UK-US HE Law Round Table.

Pavel ZGAGA, PhD

Pavel Zgaga PhD is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Education Policy at the University of Ljubljana where he started his academic career in 1977. In the 1990s, during the period of social and political transition in Slovenia, he was State Secretary for Higher Education and Minister of Education and Sport. After his return to academe in 2000, he co-founded the Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS) at the University of Ljubljana and has been its director until today. He also served as a Dean of Education Faculty. He has held several research grants and directed national and international projects on education policy. These projects have been mainly concerned with development of higher education in the contemporary European context. He was also engaged in the Bologna Process and has been co-operating with several international organisations, e.g. the European Commission, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, OECD, World Bank, etc. In 2006, he received the Slovenian national prize for research in education and in 2007 a honorary doctorate from University of Umeå, Sweden. Pavel is an external member of the SEEU University Board since 2008.

Veronika KAREVA, PhD

Veronika Kareva, PhD, received her MSc in English Language Teaching from Indiana University, School of Education and her PhD from SEEU. Having been recruited by the Center for Foreign Languages in Skopje immediately after completing BA studies with majors in translation and teaching, she started her career both as a teacher and a translator. Veronika joined the SEEU at its establishment as Lector at the Language Center and for 2 years also worked as the Head of the Instructional Support Center. She is an author of many scholarly articles related to English Language Teaching and served as a member of the team for reforms in this field in primary education at the Bureau for Educational Development of RM. In 2009 she was appointed as the Director of the Language Center and continues to be actively involved in teaching at the Center and at the Faculty of Languages. Veronika has been appointed a Board member in 2012.


Mr. Agon Demjaha has graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Kosovo, continuing his master degree in Central European University in Budapest and PhD in Faculty of law In Skopje. In his professional career he has been engaged in various positions starting as a teaching assistant at Prishtina University and then as director with Open Society Foundation NGO `Centre for Development of Civil Society` in Kosovo. From April 2006 he was the Macedonian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden. Currently Mr Demjaha is the Regional Advisor to the Ministry for Energy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kosovo. Mr. Demjaha also participated in different trainings and international conferences. He is also active in research in Comparative Politics and International Political Economy and he is author of several university and scientific books. Agon Demjaha has been appointed a Board member off SEEU in 2012.


She is Head of the Department - Structural analysis at Civil Engineering Faculty, “Ss.Cyril and Methodius” University, Skopje Macedonia. Vice-Dean for education and science (2001-2007), Vice-Rector for education (2008-2012), Head of PhD School Board (2009-2012), Regional Coordinator of South-Eastern European Centre for Doctoral Studies-SEEFORM (since 2004), External expert in the work of Agency for Evaluation of High Education in Republic of Macedonia (2003-2004), Member of Macedonian Bologna Follow-up Group (2004-2005), Member of Macedonian Team of Bologna Promoters (2008-2012), Member of pull of expert of Institutional Evaluation Program of EUA (2012-2014). Working on above mentioned positions she had opportunity to be involved in defining and executing Faculty/University Educational and Research Policy, participating in the National Bodies for implementation of Bologna Process, introduction of European Standards in Higher Education and Research Activities at Faculty/University level in Macedonia, participating in the accreditation procedure of Higher Education Study Programs. Her research interest is the field of Structural Analysis and Earthquake Engineering.

Nebi Hoxha

Nebi Hoxha is graduated electrical-engineer from the University of Prishtina. After graduation he was engaged as manager of the Craft Company- Smaragd, which today is an international company. In 2003, in Pristina he founded the American School of Kosovo accredited in Washington. Since 2006 he is in partnership with the manufacturing wood factory "Tefik Çanga" and continues expansion into three new factories such as Divani, Deko and Tedes Contract, all in the field of furniture and interior. Apart from dealing with production, Nebi Hoxha is known as the founder of the company "Rubin Invest", in the field of construction. All of these companies are part of the "OXA-Group", where he is also a founder and member of the board of directors. At the same time, in addition to the private sector, he was also active in the non-governmental sector, as a member of the Board of the Esnaf Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Albanian Foundation for Scholarships, chairman of the Balkan Goldsmith Association, four years in Executive Board of the Economic Chamber of North-West Macedonia and now for two years in the capacity of the Chairman of ECHNWM. Mr. Hoxha during his career and life has completed many specializations and is certified in business administration, in ITS (International Trading School) - Professional Forex Trading.

Nasir Selimi

Nasir Selimi has been a professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at South East European University in Tetovo since 2002. He completed his education in his hometown and in Prishtina. He began his professional career as an economist in the business sector, while in 1992 (in the first multiparty election) he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Gostivar Municipal Assembly. In the period 1996-2001, he was appointed General Consul to the Consulate General of R. Macedonia, based in New York, USA. In the years 2002-2003 he was the director of the Stopanska Banka AD-Skopje Branch in Gostivar. In 2003, he was appointed Pro-Dean for Academic Issues at the Faculty of Business Administration, SEEU, and from 2004 until 2008, he held function of the Dean at the same faculty. The areas to which Prof. Selimi is particularly devoted are those of the international economy and economics. Besides working as a lecturer and leader of the Faculty, he has participated in scientific conferences both at home and abroad and in the realization of various projects of both national and international characters. He has published several scientific papers in foreign and native language journals; Prof.Selimi has also published some books and textbooks in the field of economics and the international economy.

Judithanne Scourfield McLAUCHLAN, Ph.D.

Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, Ph.D.(Rutgers University 2003) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she teaches courses in American Government and Public Law. McLauchlan was awarded the USF Outstanding Faculty Award, the USF Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha’s Certificate for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science. In addition to her research, publications and scholarly activities, Professor McLauchlan has extensive experience in American government: McLauchlan worked at the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the White House. McLauchlan was a Fulbright Scholar in Moldova in 2010 and 2012 ("Constitutional Law, Politics, and the Judicial Process") and a Fulbright Scholar in Macedonia ("Rule of Law and Civil Society") in 2017, where she taught constitutional law and civics courses at the University of Tetova and SEEU.

Dr. Azir Aliu

Dr Azir Aliu currently teaches at the Faculty of Contemporary Sciences and Technologies, South East European University, and serves as the Director of the Technology Park –SEEUTechPark—Tetovo. He also served as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Contemporary Sciences and Technologies, as well as the Director of the Research Centre at CST. He has been an Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia for Higher Education, Science and ICT. He has been engaged as an expert in EU projects and a consultant in education reform. He was member of The National Committee for Innovation and Entrepreneurships (NCIE), and of the Committee for the Quality of Vocational Training and the Promotion of Lifelong Learning in RM. He has excellent experience in drafting national strategic, policy and framework documents. He showed outstanding results and produced valuable outcomes for the academic community and its perspectives. He has held several grants and directed national and international projects on research, innovation and education policy. Dr. Azir Aliu holds a high academic position and a large portion of his assignment has been devoted to developing, maintaining and improving the triple helix and entrepreneurship ecosystem at SEE University.