Nominated By: Concepcion Pijano pijano
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Ms.
Family Names(s): Ottenwaelter
Mailing Address: 13, rue Henri Tariel, 92130 Issy les Moulineaux, FRANCE
Country: France
Office Telephone: 33 6 86 43 12 92
Residence Telephone: 33 1 46 42 09 83
Nationality/Citizenship: French
Date of Birth: 04-07-1953
Current Position: Consultant
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: English,French
Fluent in Writing: English,French
Fluent in Speaking: English,French,Spanish
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Master Degree in Latin,Paris IV - Sorbonne,1974
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Agregation de Lettres Classiques (Classics),National selective examination,1975
Nominee Application Form: Part B
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • Program reviews / accreditations
  • General QA consultancy
  • Setting up of new QA agency
  • Training of experts/external reviewers
  • Internal QA of institutions
  • Self study guidance to institutions
  • External review of institutions
  • Quality Indicators and benchmarks
  • External Review of QAAs
  • Institutional assessment
  • Institutional accreditation
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Coordination of 7 international cooperation projects focused on the development of QA systems at insitutional, national and regional levels
Institution/City/Country: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia
Date: 2001-2009
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
2. Brief Description: Coordination of 16 institutional evaluations and 2 discipline evaluations
Institution/City/Country: France
Date: 1989-1998
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
3. Brief Description: As a staff member of CNE (by then the French QA agency);
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: Now an independent consultant, Marie-Odile Ottenwaelter is also an associated expert to CIEP (a French public institution with a focus on international cooperation in education). Since 2007 to date, she has served on the Board of Directors of INQAAHE (the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education).
Since 1989, Marie-Odile has been working in the field of quality assurance for higher education. Previously she had been teaching French (language and literature) for 15 years, both in secondary education and teacher education.
From 1989 to 2000, as program manager in CNE (by then the French national QA agency), she was responsible for coordinating the external evaluation of 16 HE institutions and 2 health disciplines across French universities. In the 1990s, she participated in the management group of the European Pilot Projects that led to the creation of ENQA (European network of QA agencies).
From 2001 to 2008, working in CIEP as a senior consultant, she was involved in international projects aiming at the development of QA systems at institutional, national and regional levels, especially in the Arab countries around the Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia). She also participated in many workshops in Sub-Saharan Africa (in Burkina Faso, Central Africa, Congo, Gabon, Senegal, and Tanzania).
Marie-Odile participated in /or chaired several review panels for institutional evaluations /or accreditations in different countries (Chile, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and Tunisia). She was also involved in the external review of two national QA agencies (the Hungarian HAC in 2000 and the French CTI in 2009).
From 1996 to 2005 she served on the Board of HKCAA (Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation). Now on the Board of Directors of INQAAHE, she is more specifically in charge of liaising with regional and other QA networks.
Through all cooperation projects and consultancies for international organizations (such as AUF, the European Commission, UNESCO, the World Bank) Marie-Odile has built up many networking relationships in various parts of the world and has been learning to pay the greatest attention to QA contextual specificities.

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