The Third SHARE National Workshop on Impact of Qualifications Frameworks and Learning Outcomes on Higher Education in ASEAN in Manila
With 180 participants, the third SHARE National Workshop on Impact of Qualifications Frameworks and Learning Outcomes on Higher Education in ASEAN in Manila was the best attended so far. All relevant stakeholders – policy-makers, representatives of agencies, leadership of universities as well as industry representatives and students – followed the invitation to discuss the required steps towards aligning the Philippine Higher Education system with the existing ASEAN frameworks on 17-18 November 2016 in Manila.
The workshop was co-organised by the Commission of Higher Education of the Philippines. Its main objective was to facilitate a better understanding on the state of development of National Qualifications Frameworks and the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) among the higher education community. On the first day, details about AQRF and its key features, benefits and requirements for referencing were presented. The Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) has been mapped against the AQRF and all participants were trained on the concept of learning outcomes, which are a core element of qualifications frameworks.
Given the state of operation of the PQF, the overall emphasis of this particular workshop was to identify all necessary steps to develop a roadmap towards the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF). In particular, the second day was filled with different panel and plenary discussions on the implementation of the PQF and the alignment with the ASEAN framework. Thanks to the open and fruitful discussions, Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, presented a list of further steps at the end of this productive two-day meeting, addressing all different stakeholder groups. Comprehensive reforms can only succeed with the commitment of all relevant stakeholders. Such reforms have an impact on all levels and imply continuous change processes and work; the SHARE workshop provided a platform to start coordinating all these efforts.
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