Melita Kovačević is former Vice-Rector for Research and Technology at the University of Zagreb (2006-2014) and is Full Professor at the Department of Speech and Language Pathology. She is Head of the Laboratory for Psycholinguistic Research and Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme Language and Cognitive Neuroscience. Melita Kovačević held research and visiting positions at different European and American universities and is a member of various national and international societies. Until 2016, she was Chair of the Steering Committee of the European University Association Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE). She has been a member of different national and European bodies related to higher education. She has been very frequently invited to give talks on different topics related to higher education and higher education reforms, home and abroad. She is a recognized European expert of higher education and also a member of the Advisory Board of the Regional Platform for Benchmarking Cooperation in Higher Education and Research.