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Quality Assurance to Help Boost Higher Education
Source: www.nationmultimedia.com
Source Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Created: Jul 27, 2016

LAUNCHING OF the very first Institutional Level Quality Assurance System in ASEAN.

The system, developed by the Asean University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA), is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. This development therefore is a significant milestone to further pave the way forward towards a better future for the Asean higher education.

AUN-QA will launch its first institutional level assessment in January 2017.

The institutional approach to quality assurance is the new development under the AUN-QA apart from the current implementation of the assessment at programme level (by the end of 2016, the AUN-QA Assessment at Programme Level will be utilised in more than 220 undergraduate and graduate programmes in 98 assessments in 28 Universities in 8 ASEAN countries). The AUN-QA Assessment at Institutional Level will be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. As a result, this development will be a significant milestone to further pave the way forward towards a better future for the ASEAN higher education.

The institutional approach to quality assurance considers the institution as a whole, including its strategic, systemic and functional quality assurance in education, research and service. Its objectives are to enhance the quality of education, research and service holistically; and to assess the effectiveness of the internal quality assurance system.

In all, institutional quality assessment supports the progressive development goal of AUN-QA network towards institutional quality assurance in higher education in Asean members.

Established in 1998 by the 4th AUN board of trustees meeting, the AUN-QA has been improving quality assurance in Asean by being the focal point for coordinating activities to realise the mission of harmonising educational standards and seeking continuous improvement of academic quality of universities in Asean.

The AUN-QA framework for institutional level was created in alignment with the Asean Quality Assurance Framework, Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European higher education area and Baldridge performance excellence framework in order for a comprehensive AUN-QA institutional level framework.

Along with the first institutional level quality assurance assessment, the AUN-QA also introduces its very first institutional level guidebook. The version 2.0 of "Guide to AUN-QA Assessment at Institutional Level" is used as a tool for AUN member universities and AUN-QA Associate Members to implement and assess the quality of their institution.

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