Kris Dejonckheere has been UNICA Secretary General since 2001. As head of the General Secretariat of an international network of 49 universities, she has a profound understanding of the processes taking place in the European Higher Education Area and extensive knowledge of higher education policy consulting, team leadership and management of European projects. Kris represents UNICA at the senior level in contacts with European Union institutions, HE organisations, networks and non-governmental organisations from and outside Europe. Together with the UNICA Board, she develops UNICA strategic and annual plans and takes a key role in designing programmes and content of UNICA seminars and workshops.
Since 2009, Kris Dejonckheere is a Member of the Organising Committee of the UNICA PhD MASTER CLASS, annual workshop on doctoral supervision.
For 6 years, Kris Dejonckheere was the project coordinator of the Higher Education Reform project, a service contract with the European Commission the main aim of which was the training of Bologna Experts and Higher Education Reform Experts from Tempus Partner Countries. She coordinated several projects carried out in the framework of Lifelong Learning Programme and three Tempus programmes: PRIUM: Promoting a model of Integrated University in the fYR of Macedonia (completed in 2010), UZDOC: Enhancing the quality of doctoral education at HEIs in Uzbekistan and RUMI: Network of Moroccan Universities for Inclusive Education. She is currently the Coordinator of the follow-up of UZDOC project conducted in the framework of the Erasmus+ CBHE programme: UZDOC 2.0. Furthering the quality of doctoral education at HEIs in Uzbekistan (ongoing since 2016).
Kris Dejonckheere holds degrees in Law and Ethics. Prior to joining UNICA, she taught Law and Ethics at several HEIs and assumed the role of Political Advisor for University matters to the Flemish Minister for Education. She also held various positions at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and for many years she was responsible for Research and Development, International Relations & Interface with the Industry.