Kick-Off for Newly Developed Review Scheme of External Quality Assurance Agencies in Manila
In cooperation with AQAN – the accredited ASEAN Network of Quality Assurance Agencies – SHARE has developed a review scheme and respective guidelines to conduct assessments of External Quality Assurance Agencies (EQAA).
The Guidelines were jointly developed by quality assurance experts from AQAN and SHARE as part of SHARE’s capacity-building activities. The upcoming pilot reviews of EQAAs will apply the Principles of Good Practice in the ASEAN Quality Assurance Framework (AQAF) and determine the extent to which EQAA’s systems are in alignment with those Principles of Good Practice. Thereby these exercises will support the harmonisation process of Higher Education in the ASEAN region. The exercises also aim at testing the appropriateness of AQAF principles and guidelines, processes and mechanisms to ensure that AQAF and these guidelines are fit for their purpose, practical, and are able to fulfil their objectives in due course.
Four agencies agreed to volunteer in these SHARE activities: the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), the National Accreditation Board for Indonesia Higher Education (BAN-PT), the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and the Thai Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA).
Representatives of these four agencies met in Manila on 21-22 November 2016 for a joint training, which familiarised them with content, format and methodology of the whole review process. International QA professionals prepared and chaired the training sessions. The training also provided room to share experiences with colleagues in the ASEAN region and to strengthen relationships and coordination among accreditation authorities. Despite all differences of accreditation systems and bodies, the AQAF as well as the newly developed assessment scheme were welcomed as tools to promote harmonisation with a view to establishing a common higher education space in ASEAN.