Dr. Lejla Vrazalic

Dr. Lejla Vrazalic is a higher education consultant based at the Dubai Knowledge Park since 2014. She has extensive experience with quality assurance in higher education, having worked with several accreditation and regulatory agencies in the region over the last ten years, including the Commission for Academic Accreditation (UAE), the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (Oman) and the Education & Training Quality Authority (Bahrain), as an assessor and review director. Dr Vrazalic has also been involved in the development and benchmarking of national accreditation standards for higher education programs.

Prior to her current role, Dr Vrazalic was the Campus Program Co-ordinator for Business and IT programs at the Dubai campus of London’s Middlesex University. During her six years at Middlesex University she was responsible for managing the delivery of 12 undergraduate and postgraduate programs with enrollments of more than 1100 students. From 2004 to 2008, Dr Vrazalic held the position of Chair of the College of Business at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), having been seconded from the University of Wollongong in Australia where she started her academic career. While at UOWD, she was involved in the establishment of an institutional program for the enhancement of teaching and student learning and also held the position of Research Chair for two years.

Dr Vrazalic has been teaching since 1997 and has more than twenty years of experience, having held various positions and taught in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the UAE. In 2006, Dr Vrazalic was awarded a Citation for educational leadership by the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (currently the Australian Learning & Teaching Council), and in 2004, she received the Australian Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Business Community Partnerships. The same year, Dr. Vrazalic was recognised with the overall Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Dr. Vrazalic was also an international assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC) and an examiner for a number of Masters and PhD theses.