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ASEM EXPERT SEMINAR ON REGIONAL QUALITY ASSURANCE BONN, 5-6 JULY 2011 Dr Antony Stella, President, APQN

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific: The Chiba Principles

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

QA Developments in Asia-Pacific

Enhanced attention to QA among policy makers Shared understanding about `quality of quality assurance' among QA professionals Growing excitement about the role of QA networks Desire for further co-operation among countries and their QA agencies Influence of guidelines of good practices in QA Asia-Pacific is now well positioned for a regional QA strategy. Chiba Principles is a beginning...

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Background to Chiba Principles

2006 Inaugural Asia-Pacific Education Ministers' Meeting Brisbane (Australia) Ministers and senior officials from twenty-seven countries Brisbane Communiqué

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

... agreed to collaborate on key goals related to the recognition and quality of education and training in the region.

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Responsibility - Senior Officials Working Group (SOWG) Chaired by Australia 2007 - scoping studies including QA SWOG commissioned APQN on QA Carried out by Antony Stella

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

SWOT

Strengths Weaknesses

·Strong commitment and interest in QA at Ministerial level ·Considerable diversity between actual QA practices ·Broad similarity in underlying approaches in QA between ·Considerable differences in capacity of QA agencies countries ·Weaknesses in dealing with QA of distance and CBHE ·Presence of regional QA body in APQN ·Lack of a strong Asia-Pacific regional identity. ·UNESCO-OECD Guidelines on CBHE ·INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practice ·Lessons from Bologna Process ·High degree of cross-border provision and collaboration

Threats

·Insufficient commitment and resources to resolving QA issues ·A focus on national approaches ·A developing understanding of the benefits of QA and regional cooperation in QA

Opportunities

·Reach agreement on principles for QA ·Build capacity of QA agencies ·Share best practice and learning ·Raise awareness of benefits and relevance of QA to education systems ·Economies of scale and enhanced effectiveness and efficiency through a regional QA approach

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Strengths

Strong commitment and interest in QA at Ministerial level Broad similarity in underlying approaches in QA between countries Presence of regional QA body in APQN UNESCO-OECD Guidelines on CBHE INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practice Lessons from Bologna Process High degree of cross-border provision and collaboration

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Weaknesses

Considerable diversity between actual QA practices Considerable differences in capacity of QA agencies Weaknesses in dealing with QA of distance and CBHE Lack of a strong Asia-Pacific regional identity.

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Threats

Insufficient commitment and resources to resolving QA issues A focus on national approaches A developing understanding of the benefits of QA and regional cooperation in QA

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Opportunities

Reach agreement on principles for QA Build capacity of QA agencies Share best practice and learning Raise awareness of benefits and relevance of QA to education systems Economies of scale and enhanced effectiveness and efficiency through a regional QA approach

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Three major challenges in the region Diversity Capacity Commitment Need a regional identity but necessarily through development of a new set of principles Acknowledge what has worked well Endorse the international good practices Build around existing frameworks Avoid contradictions and ensure complementarity

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Based on the scoping study SOWG developed a Framework for Higher Education Quality Assurance Principles in the Asia Pacific Region Workshop at the 2008 APQN Conference in Chiba, Japan Recap in the 2009 APQN Conference in Hanoi

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

The Chiba Principles has three main sections ­ Internal Quality Assurance, Quality Assessment, and Quality Assurance Agency.

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

A Framework for Higher Education Quality Assurance Principles in the Asia Pacific Region

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

2009 ­ Survey to seek inputs from the members on revising the principles so that they are better fit for the regional context Supported by GIQAC

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

A survey questionnaire with 32 items was developed Prof. Jianxin ZHANHG The survey was administered by the APQN Secretariat The responses were analysed by Dr Antony Stella

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Results of the Survey Analysis

Strong agreement for the Principles Many APQN members are already in alignment Some more fine tuning is necessary Terminologies need to be tightened Missing aspects Some overlaps in the principles Purpose of the principles and the roles of various stakeholders More active involvement of institutions

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

Further Action

Examples of good practices Understanding where the APQN members stand ­ developmental stage, continuous improvement stage or exemplar stage? Seeking support from other major players and stakeholders - governments and regional bodies

Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

2011 - APQN project to review two QA agencies with GIQAC funding APQN's work on good practices in QA There is more work to do

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Work in Progress

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Regional Framework for QA in Asia-Pacific

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