Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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Prof. Dr. Ali MERÇ

Professor and head of English Language Teaching Department at Anadolu University, Turkey

Presentation Topic: EFL teaching practicum: Problems and suggestions for solutions

Dr. Ali MERÇ is Professor and head of English Language Teaching Department at Anadolu University, Türkiye. He received his BA (2000), MA (2004), and PhD (2010) from Anadolu University. He is currently teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising MA and PhD theses. He has published several articles and presented at international conferences.

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Prof. Dr. Nissim Ben-Arie

Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Presentation Topic: Just Do It: Student Engagement Strategies for Lecture Hall Classes

B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biology. Professor of Developmental Genetics, studying genetic regulation of nervous system development in the embryo; and Academic Head of the Pre-Academic Preparatory Schools, both in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Voted numerous times as an excellent lecturer and awarded by the University with the Milken Prize for continuous excellence in teaching.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Petra Pejić Papak

Petra Pejić Papak, Ph.D, is Associate Professor, pedagogue (in didactics) at the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka, Croatia. She teaches several graduate courses in the Integrated Studies of Elementary Education, such as Didactics, Didactic Assessment Process, Teaching and Learning Environment. Her scientific work addresses new approaches, teaching and learning strategies, teacher competencies, and the importance of using modern technologies in teaching and formative evaluation. As a member of a team she has been involved in several national and international projects, published a series of researchs papers and participated in numerous conferences.

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Prof. Dr. Tajana Ljubin Golub

Tajana Ljubin Golub is a professor with tenure at the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb. Her areas of interest include educational psychology, positive psychology, and forensic psychology. She is the author of over 80 scientific papers. She got the Croatian Psychological Society reward “Marko Marulić” for her special contribution to applied psychology.

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Prof. Dr. Brian G. Rubrecht

Dr. Brian G. Rubrecht is a professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. He received his doctoral degree in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include language learning motivation, pronunciation, and pedagogical issues. He has published dozens of academic articles and book chapters related to second and foreign language teaching and learning.

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Prof. Dr. Lidija Vujičić

Lidija Vujičić, Ph.D., is a pedagogue and Full Professor at the Faculty of Teacher Education in Rijeka. She is the founder and the head of the Centre for Childhood Research at the same Faculty. Her scientific interests include: early and preschool education; new paradigm of the child and childhood, the culture of educational institutions; (co)construction of curriculum, initial education of preschool teachers; professional development; action research. As a researcher, she participated in several research projects, published a series of researchs papers and participated in numerous international and national conferences.

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Prof. Dr. Stuart James Mackay

Prof. Dr. Mackay qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in Liverpool and worked as a radiographer for 10 years in London. He then moved into radiography education and has been teaching and researching in Radiography and associated fields for over 30 years. In 2007, he was appointed as Professor of Medical Imaging Education at the University of Salford In 2013, he was appointed as Head of Programme for Diagnostic Radiography. For the last two years has been deputy lead for Academic Quality in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Dr Mackay was a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Health and Care Professions Council from 2009 – 2013. He has been a reviewer for Diagnostic Radiography programmes for the Society and College of Radiographers for over 15 years and is a member of the National Award and Approvals Board of the College of Radiographers. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His Areas of interest are; Educational Quality Assurance, Diagnostic Radiography, Research Problem-based and Interprofessional Learning..

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Assoc. Prof. Robert Levesque

Assoc. Prof. Robert Levesque (D.S.S., B.SC., B.ÉD., M.Ed., Ph.D.) began his career teaching math and physics in high school.

Recipient of the national Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award (2007); recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award (2016) and recipient of the Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (2023). Associate professor in Education (University of Moncton in New-Brunswick,Canada) and elected member of the School Board, president of the FCÉNB and vice-president of the FNCSF.

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Dr. Sukritta Preechawong

Sukritta Preechawong graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bangkok University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a PhD program in learning innovation and technology on a scholarship from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. Now, Sukritta is CEO and Co-founder of Skill Shape Company in Thailand. My areas of interest are coaching, training, and teacher professional development.

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Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Francisco de Jesus

Rodrigo Francisco de Jesus is a Nurse, Educator, and Researcher and has a PhD in Sciences from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. He is the Manager of Health Courses at the UNIFTC Educational Group – Bahia, Brazil, also the Professor in the Professional Master’s Program in Teaching Sciences and Health at UNIGRANRIO – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Ms. Martina Gajšek

Martina Gajšek is a PhD psychology student and assistant at the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb. Her areas of interest include educational psychology, positive psychology, and developmental psychology.

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Mrs. Narmatova Gulchekhra Abdikarimovna

Narmatova Gulchekhra Abdikarimovna works at Tashkent State Agrarian University in Uzbekistan and at the same time 2nd-year master student of the course of “Global Education” of Naruto University of Education in Japan. She used to work as an ALT at High school in Japan. In 2010, attended English language proficiency course in India. In 2016, participated in “English language teachers training course” at the Norwich Institute for Language Education in UK.

Past Speakers

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Dr. Steve Rhine

The Pacific University, United States

Presentation Topic: Invasion of the Curriculum Snatchers

Dr. Steve Rhine is a Professor of Education at Pacific University. He has been awarded approximately $4 million in grants focusing on mathematics education and uses of educational technology. He has presented at multiple conferences around the world and has published four books, including How Students Think When Doing Algebra and A Brilliant Teacher: Lessons Learned from One Family’s Journey Around the World. His current work focuses on the growing presence of digital curricula in elementary mathematics classrooms and in special education settings.

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Assoc Pro. Hilda Freimuth

Dr. Hilda Freimuth is a tenured Associate Teaching Professor in the English Language Learning and Teaching Department at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). She holds an M.A. and M.Ed. in TESOL and a Ph.D. in Education. She has taught English in many parts of the world, with many years in the UAE. She has run three language learning centres – two in the UAE and one in Canada. She also managed a TEFL teacher training program in Vancouver for eight years. Hilda has published extensively in the past few years on research conducted in both the UAE and Canada.

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Ass. Prof. Betzabet García-Mendoza

Betzabet García-Mendoza is an Associate Professor at the Information Technology Department at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. She received her MSc degree in Computer Science, Design, and Communication from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. She won the Best MSc Thesis Award for her work on interactive documentaries for the mazatec indigenous culture. Her research interests include information technologies for supporting education and indigenous cultures.

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Dr. Nevset Gul Canakcioglu

Dr. Nevset Gul Canakcioglu obtained her BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in architecture, from Istanbul Technical University. Her research area focuses on environmental psychology, spatial perception, paediatric healthcare settings, learning environments and space syntax. She teaches architectural design, theory of architecture, research methods at Ozyegin University, Istanbul.

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Dr. Carlos Jaimez-González

Carlos R. Jaimez-González is the Head of the Information Technology Department at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. His research interests include information technologies for supporting education and interoperability in distributed systems. He has a distinction as a national researcher from the Mexican Government.

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Dr. Stellah Chewe Sabi

Dr Stella Chewe Sabi is a multidisciplinary researcher. She holds a PhD in food security, and a Master’s Degree in Policy and Development. She is currently a Postdoctoral fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa. She has an experience and interest in medical education, food security, public policy, development.

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Dr. Viktoriia Chorna 

Chorna Viktoriia – PhD, Docent, Researcher at Department Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University (Stockholm, Sweden)Professional interest: modern didactic of primary education; comparative pedagogic; sensory and inclusive primary education; religion education as a effective tool for moral and sustainable pupils’ development.

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Dr. Amina Manal Zidi

Amina Manal Zidi is currently a Ph.D. researcher at The University of The West of Scotland. Her field of interest is Applied Linguistics; she is interested in understanding students’ experiences after the completion of their intended degrees and how do they make sense of their home return experiences. Amina is a previous IELTS and TOEFL tutor.

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Dr. Marina Calleja Reina

Marina Calleja Reinam PhD in Psychology , Degree in Psychology and Educational Sciences.Lecturer at the University of Malaga since 2001, teaching in Teacher Training , Degree in Osychology and Degree in Speech Therapy . Her research topic are complex communication needs, augmentative and alternative communication system, basic psychological processes and the use of language as a communication tool.

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Mr. Marcus Pedersen 

Marcus, MA, FHEA and CMALT is currently the learning technologist for the Global Business School for Health at UCL. His pedagogy stems from the inquiry approach to teaching with an interest in effectively using technology according to the SAMR model.

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Dr. Tsoghik Grigoryan

Higher Colleges of Technology in The United Arab Emirates

PresentationTopic: Interactivity or Interaction? A Multimodal Social Semiotic Analysis framework

Dr. Tsoghik Grigoryan works at Higher Colleges of Technology in The United Arab Emirates as a lecturer in General Studies department. She is also the coordinator of the Academic Success Center in the same institution. Dr. Grigoryan has PhD in TESOL, MA in TEFL and BA in English teaching Pedagogies and Linguistics. Dr. Grigoryan is an active researcher specialized in digital literacies and paperless education. She has published several research articles about digital education and authored two English-Armenian Dictionaries of Synonyms. Dr. Grigoryan has more than 20 years of teaching experience and is an advocate for active and life-long learning.

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Prof.  Mariko Okuzaki

Professor Mariko Okuzaki started her teaching at a Junior High School in 1985.  Six years later, she was hired as an English lecturer in National Institute of Technology,  Hakodate College. While working, Okuzaki earned a TESOL Master’s degree of SIT in  1996, where she has been a professor since 2004.

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Dr. Aleksandar Chonevski

Aleksandar Chonevski, MA., PhD. (ABD), published five books and 17 articles translated into numerous languages. Adjunct professor and social researcher at Barry University and United International College, Miami. Area of Interest: Global Immigration, business education, and curriculum development. International affiliations in education EERA-ECER, AERA, TQR, WASET, and USAIDHR in Washington D.C.

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Dr. Nuria Lopez

Dr. Nuria Lopez works as learning consultant at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. With a background in teaching in higher education, in her current position she supports the pedagogical development of teachers. She is particularly interested in increasing connections between learning sciences research and teaching practice. She holds a HEA Fellowship.

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Prof. Dr. Pushp Lata

Prof. Dr. Pushp Lata, an academic at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani since 1994, has held various teaching and administrative positions. She has widely published in the fields of English Language Teaching, Computer Mediated Language Learning and Teaching, Syllabus Designing and Designing Teaching Materials for both Classroom and beyond Classroom teaching. Prof Lata has 16 books to her credit.

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Dr. Steve Rhine

Dr. Rhine is a Professor of Education at Pacific University. He has been awarded numerous grants focusing on mathematics education and uses of educational technology (approximately $4 million). He has presented at multiple conferences around the world and has published four books, most recently How Students Think When Doing Algebra.

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Dr. Jo-Ann Netto-Shek

Jo-Ann Netto-Shek is a teacher educator and works in the area of language learning and literacy education in school contexts. She is part of the English Language & Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Singapore and is the programme leader for the Diploma in Education programme and the English Language Curriculum Studies courses in the BA (Ed) (Primary) programme. Jo-Ann is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and the NIE Service award in 2013. Jo-Ann has also won the ASEAN Collaboration Grant from Cambodia TESOL and is also the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant 2019.

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Dr. Ali Chaari

Dr. Ali Chaari, P.h.D in Biochemistry and Biophysics. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry in Weill Cornell medicine-Qatar. Dr. Chaari is experienced in biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics. He has co-authored several original research articles, written two books and has presented his work at several conferences. In addition, he is active as a research mentor to WCM-Q’s medical students. Dr. Chaari has two main research interest; the first one is educational research to improve biochemistry teaching for premedical students and the second one is the study of role of nutraceuticals and chaperone proteins on health promotion and diseases.

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Dr. Osama Shaban

Dr. Osama Shaban is a professor of Accounting, having twenty six years of experience, he filled many administrative positions in the university (Head of Accounting Department, Head of Evening Studies), and also, he published a number of books and over than twenty eight research papers in reputable journals.

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Prof. Eun-Young Jang

Prof. Eun-Young Jang is an associate professor in the Graduate Program of Multicultural Education at Seoul National University of Education, South Korea. Her academic interests are critical pedagogy and multicultural education. Topics covered in her recent scholarly work include plurilingualism and translanguaging for minoritized students and in-service teacher education.

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Prof. Shin Ji Kang

Prof. Shin Ji Kang is serving as professor in the Department of Early, Elementary, & Reading Education at James Madison University, USA. She received MEd and PhD from Vanderbilt University, USA, in Early Childhood Education. Her areas of teaching and research include teacher education, refugee education, and intercultural education.

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Dr. Lucia Miškulin Saletović

Dr. Lucia Miškulin Saletović, PhD, Assistant Professor, is employed at the Faculty of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb. In addition to teaching, she is the coordinator of foreign language courses. Her areas of interest are foreign language for academic purposes, text linguistics, advertising and media language, and chrematonymy.

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Prof. Erico Fernando Lopes Pereira Silva

Prof. Erico Fernando Lopes Pereira Silva is a researcher dedicated to the values of cultural landscapes for education. He graduated in Biological Sciences and is a postdoctoral researcher in ecosystem ecology. Currently is a professor at the School of Application and a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Education at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

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Dr. Chin-Ping Liou

Chin-Ping Liou is an associate professor in the Holistic Education Centre/ MA program in Brand and Fashion Management and a counselling psychologist in the students’ counselling centre at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei. She holds a PhD in counselling and psychotherapy from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Her research interests include holistic healing, spirituality and culture, experiential learning, and emotions and international service-learning.

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Dr. Hillel Wahrman

Dr. Hillel Wahrman is the Head of the Alternative Education Department at Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel. His research interests are the aims of education, civic education, and innovative teacher training. His latest publications: Citizenship Between the Lines: A Critical Look at Civics Studies in Israel (2013, Resling publishing house, Hebrew); “The Value of Emic Research in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) Programs” (2018, the Journal of Sport, Education and Society), “Are schools educating toward active citizenship? The internal school struggle between contradictory citizenship models” (2021, Journal of Education, Citizenship and Social Justice) and “I’m Trying to Help”: How do mentors affect principal person-organization fit during organizational socialization?” (2023. Educational Management Administration & Leadership).

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Dr. Khemanand Moheeput

Khemanand Moheeput has a PhD in Computational Physics and a Master in Education, and he is a lecturer in the Science Education department at the Mauritius Institute of Education. He works with educators from early childhood to secondary levels and is also involved in curriculum development across these levels. His research mainly focuses on Science/Physics, STEAM, and Computational Thinking.

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Mr. Adrian Beljo

Mr. Adrian Beljo is employed as Senior Lecturer at the Edward Bernays University of Applied Sciences, where he is lecturer in charge of several English language courses. He is the Head of the Department for Foreign Languages and Culture, as well as the Head of the Office for International Cooperation.

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Mr. KIDA Tsuyoshi

Mr. KIDA Tsuyoshi, PhD and MA in general linguistics (Aix-en-Provence) and MA in architecture (Marne-la-Vallée). Currently professor at Faculty of Foreign Languages, Dokkyo University (Japan). Former editorial board member of Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education (Benjamins), guest editor at Laboratoire Parole et Langage (Aix-en-Provence). Areas of interest: foreign language education, linguistic landscape, multimodality, linguistic anthropology, cultural semiotics.

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Mrs. Sana LAMTARA

Mrs. Sana LAMTARA is a Professor of English at Hassan II University of Casablanca. She holds a Ph.D. degree from BenMsik Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences. She is an alumna of the Professional Fellows Program by the US Department of State. Her fields of interest are English language teaching, ICT integration in teaching, soft skills, and English for Specific purposes.

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Dr. Jacqui Lottin

Dr. Jacqui Lottin, (PhD) is Chair of Education Programs, Education Faculty, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE. Her research interests include inclusive education, competency based learning and initial teacher development. Her current research topic is ‘Reduce Academic Fatigue and Enhance Retention for the Determined Ones (TDOs) in Online Learning’. Jacqui was awarded “Best PD Manager’ in 2016. She is co-Chair of UNESCO Taskforce for Teachers for Education 2030 – Special Needs Education Expert Section.

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Dr. Diane M. Bender

Dr. Diane M. Bender, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in The Design School at Arizona State University. Dr. Bender’s research and teaching focuses on technology in design practice and education, with findings published in several design and education journals. A recent publication is a textbook entitled Design Portfolios (3rd ed.).

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Prof. Dr. Diana Lago de Vergara

Dr. Diana Lago de Vergara is Doctor in Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Master in Social Development Projects, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla. Colombia. Degree in Social Work, University of Cartagena, Colombia. Titular teacher. University of Cartagena, Colombia. Director of the Doctoral Academic Program on Sciences of Education University of Cartagena-RUDECOLOMBIA-. Director of the University Network Quality Assessment Research Group – RUECA (in Spanish) Colombian Chapter. Emeritus Researcher MINCIENCIAS-Colombia-2017.She has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on Quality of Education, Teacher Training and Development, Social Inclusion and Ethnoeducation.

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Dr. Genti Pano

He Completed his university studies at the “Academy of Physical Education and Sports”, “Vojo Kushi”, today “Sports University of Tirana”, graduated and received the title: “Teacher of Physical Education” in the Specialty, “Volleyball”. 2007-2009 graduated in “European Master” in “Health and Physical Activity”, University of “Foro Italico” Rome. In October 2018, “Doctorate” in “Sports Sciences”. 2010- 2020, researcher/lecturer at the “Sport Sciences Research Institute”. Currently working at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Biomedical and Humanities Sciences. Currently holds the post of Deputy Dean of this Faculty.
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Dr. Keida Ushtelenca

Dr. Keida Ushtelenca was born in Tirana on May 17, 1985. She graduated in “Petro Nini Luarasi” High School and continued her studies in “Academy of Physical Education “Vojo Kushi” Tirana (today Sports University if Tirana). In 2013 she graduated the European Master in “IUSM” Italy (Rome) in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark (Odense) and the University of Sport Austria (Vienna) for “Physical Activity and Health” being part of the Erasmus Program. In 2018 she graduated the program of the third cycle of studies, “Doctorate” in Sports Science. Dr. Keida Ushtelenca is a full time Lecturer at Department of Education and Health in the Faculty of Movement Sciences in the University of Sport Tirana, she is teaching the Module of “Adapted Physical Activity” and “Measurements/Tests in Sport” in the third year of Bachelor and Second year of Professional Master. Currently holding the position, Head of Department of Education and Health.

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Mr. Denis Nuriu

Mr. Denis Nuriu was born in Tirana on July 13, 1979. 1998-2002 he studied at the Academy of Physical Education and Sports “Vojo Kushi”, (today Sports University of Tirana), graduated as a Teacher of Physical Education, specialty Combat Sports (wrestling). Mr. Denis Nuriu held the title “National Champion” in the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling for 8 years in a row with the teams of “Studenti SC” and “Dinamo SC”, joining the ranks of the National Team, where he has won many international matches. After completing his studies he has been the coach of Greco-Roman wrestling for several years with the teams of “Dinamo SC” and “Tirana SC” for youth teams, where as a coach he won many Champion titles. From 2018 onwards, Mr. Nuriu has developed his university activity as an academic staff with research direction at the Scientific Research Institute of Sports, at the University of Sports of Tirana in the Department of Physical Activity and Health. He is also engaged in the teaching process in the subjects: Testing in Physical Activity, Fitness and Recreation and Combat Sports.

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Mr. Zimao Yang

Zimao Yang is a 2023 fall PhD student at King’s College London, his subject is Education Research, he mainly focus on the area of the economics of education and mathematics education.