Irene Hermans holds, since September 2013, the position of Head of Strategy at Leuven University College (KHLeuven), Limburg University College (KHLim) and GroupT (Leuven Education College) in Belgium. These three university colleges are involved in a merging process which she guides and facilitates. Here she focuses on strategic quality management, internationalisation, human resources management and regional networking. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. As head of Quality Assurance (2002-2005) and head of Education and Research (2005-2013) she guided Leuven University College in implementing the Bologna Process. She is member of several governing boards in VLHORA (Flemish Council of University Colleges) and the association KU Leuven. She was involved in the FLLLEX project (Impact of Lifelong Learning Strategies on Professional Higher Education).