Pușa Năstase

Senior Program Manager

Contact information

Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51
+36 1 327 3000 /2398

Pușa Năstase is Senior Program Manager at the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education and Visiting Lecturer at CEU's Department of Public Policy. She is an experienced manager of capacity strengthening programs and an instructor and consultant with international experience in the field of higher education education. Currently she teaches courses on higher education policy at CEU and in the Open Society University Network. She also conducts research in higher education and leads the Global Professional Development Program designed for university managers and administrators in the Open Society University Network.

Current courses:
Global Education Policy Implementation – Strategies for Access and Equity in Low-Resource Contexts (SUN course, June 2023)
Higher Education Policy Design and Implementation (Department of Public Policy course, Fall semester)

She is also a faculty member of the OSUN Certificate in Global Education and Development (GLOBALED) (OSUN course)

Previous courses:
Summer 2022: Learning from Policy Implementation– Strategies for Education Access and Equity in Low-Resource Contexts - A Course in Global Educational Development (GLOBALED) (June 14 – July 1, 2022 )
Summer 2022:The Quality of University Education: Harmonizing Purposes, Processes and Outcomes
Spring 2022: Quality Assurance for University Administrators (May 18-June 9, 2022)
Spring 2021: Strategic Management of Universities
Summer 2020: The Quality of University Education: Harmonizing Purposes, Processes and Outcomes
Summer 2019: Internationalization of the University at Home: Challenges and Opportunities
Summer 2019: Learning Can Be Fun: Examining the World of Education with Critical Eyes
Summer 2018: Policies and Practices in Lifelong Learning at Universities
Summer 2017: Placing Students in the Center: Student Centered Learning in European Universities

Pușa Năstase conducts research in higher education both independently and as part of research teams. At present she is involved in the European Universities – Critical Futures research project led by the Danish School of Education and bringing together researchers from research centers in higher education across Europe. She contributes to the working stream on Internationalisation and the stream on Challenges in University Governance and Leadership. In this context she investigates the impact of new technologies on university management and the relations between faculty and administrative staff.

Other ongoing research topics include the use of technology in academia and the system of promotions and appointments in Myanmar universities.

-Course Lead for the multi-year professional training program commissioned by the Georgian Center for International Education
-External reviewer and researcher in the project Extending and reinforcing good practice in teacher development conducted by a consortium of universities from Sweden, Estonia, Ireland, Slovakia and Check Republic.

Other activities:
-Member of the Scientific Committee for the 52nd Annual Conference of the European university continuing education network (eucen)- May 2022
-Independent expert for the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR) and the Shota Rustaveli Science Foundation, Georgia
-Track Chair for the annual Forum of the European Higher Education Society –EAIR, September 2018

Veiga, A. and Seidenschnur, T. (2023) (Eds.) The Role of European Universities in an Age of Pandemic, Aarhus School of Education, available at:
Nastase, P. (2020). Drivers for Internationalization in Georgian Higher Education. In European Higher Education Area: Challenges for a New Decade (pp. 91-104). Springer, Cham.
Nastase, P. (2020). Book review: The contentious politics of higher education: struggles and power relations within English and Italian universities (The mobilization series on social movements, protest, and culture) by Lorenzo Cini, London, Routledge, 2018, 196 pp., 138 EUR (hardcover), 32 EUR (Kindle Edition), ISBN 9781138577114.
Nastase, P. (2018): Hidden in plain sight: student fund-raising and organization in Romanian universities, International Review of Social Research, Special Issue: "Long term perspectives on higher education: student movements, human capital and expert culture", vol. 7, issue no. 3, May 2018, De Gruyter
Nastase, P. (2018): Institutional Perspective on Lifelong Learning: Evidence from Romania and Hungary, in “Neveléstudomány” 2018 fall issue (2018/3.)
Nastase, P., Szabo, M. (2017): Good Practices in Student Centered Learning in Central and Eastern Europe in CEHEC Conference proceedings, April 2017


Ph.D., Graduate School of Education, Bristol University, U.K.
MA, Human Rights, Central European University, Hungary
BA, Law, University of Bucharest, Romania