Barbara Michalk is Head of the Section ‘Higher Education Reform in Germany and Europe’ of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). Before that she was head of the quality management project of HRK. Barbara Michalk holds State Examinations in the fields of History, Theology, Jewish Studies and Educational Studies. She has studied at Duisburg University and the University of Cologne, Germany, and at Columbia University, New York, USA. Barbara Michalk is an expert on quality management in higher education in Germany and Europe. She has published on the topic and often speaks at conferences and trainings. She has been a coordinator and trainer in the DIES quality assurance projects in East Africa and South East Asia. Barbara Michalk has also been a member of the EQAF Steering Committee and was involved in the revision process of the ESG.