Andrejs Rauhvargers was born 1952 in Riga, Latvia, and has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Latvia. He is Secretary General of the Latvian Rectors’ Conference and Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Latvia. He has also served as Deputy State Secretary at the Latvian Ministry of Education participating in the development of legislation for higher education and was closely involved in the establishment of the higher education quality assurance system in Latvia and its coordination with neighbouring countries Estonia and Lithuania. He was also responsible for establishing a system for academic recognition in Latvia.
Internationally, Andrejs Rauhvargers is a member of the Bologna Follow-Up Group and since 2005 has chaired the working group studying the progress in the 46 Bologna countries and preparing the Bologna Stocktaking reports published in 2007 and 2009. He served as President of the European Network of Academic Recognition Centres (ENIC) from 1997 to 2001 and as President of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Lisbon Recognition Convention from 2001 to 2008.
He is the author of several other major reports and a number of publications on various aspects of international higher education, both national and international, and has participated in and managed several higher education reform projects in Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro and Poland. He has been an invited speaker in his field in more than 20 countries.
In 2006 Andrejs Rauhvargers was awarded the EAIE Constance Meldrum Award for innovation, leadership, and inspiration in international higher education.