Opportunities for Inter- and Intra-Regional Cooperation

Bangkok, Thailand, 27-29 October 2009

Quality assurance is at the core of higher education system development, not only within the framework of the European Higher Education Area, but also in the Asian region. Building mutual trust between key players in both regions is one important step in view of the long-term goals of developing common quality assurance standards in higher education.

This workshop focused on inter-regional and intra-regional cooperation in quality assurance in higher education. It aimed to discuss the effects of internal and external quality assurance systems as part of the overarching topic of institutional development.

Within the EU-Asia Higher Education Platform, the event constituted the fourth and last workshop between Asian and EU university representatives, experts and practitioners. Regional cooperation within the EU and Asia, but also inter-regional cooperation between higher education institutions, higher education networks and quality assurance agencies in both regions were promoted.

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The overall aims of the workshop were to

▪ exchange information on goals, strategies and working methods of regional quality
assurance networks in Asia and Europe (exchange of good practices);

▪ exchange strategies of step-by-step evolution from regional networks into regional quality
assurance systems;

▪ strengthen the autonomous role of higher education institutions in regional quality
assurance procedures;

▪ discuss strategies how to improve employability and mobility of graduates, e.g. by
involving professional stakeholders into regional quality assurance;

▪ build trust among and between regional quality assurance networks in Asia and Europe,
thus creating a pool of international peers and promoting the internationalisation of
quality assurance in higher education; and

▪ identify common aims and tasks and promote cooperation.

Cooperation partner for the implementation of the Workshop was the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.


Participant List
Executive Summary
Outcome report
Photo Gallery


The Success Story of Quality Assurance at Chulalongkorn University (Professor Damrong Thaweesaengskulthai)
Quality Management Strategic Plan at Chulalongkorn University (Assistant Professor Prasert Akkharaprathomphong)

Keynote Presentation 1:

Overview on Global Developments in Quality Assurance in Higher Education with a Focus on Regional Cooperation (Mr Leendert Klaassen)
Keynote Presentation 2:

Quality Assurance in the Asian Region – Current Status and Challenges Ahead (Professor Supachai Yavaprabhas)
Keynote Presentation 3:

Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area – Current Status and Challenges Ahead (Dr Birger Hendriks)

Quality Assurance in Higher Education: The Perspective of European Universities (Ms Lesley Wilson)
Quality Assurance in Higher Education: The Perspective of Asian Universities (Professor Dato’ Dr Mohd. Amin Jalaludin)

Working Group A: Internal Quality Assurance: How Can Universities Safeguard Their Quality?
Case Study:

Internal Quality Assurance at University College Cork (Dr Norma Ryan)
Case Study:

Internal Quality Assurance at the National University of Singapore (Professor Dr Tan Kay Chuan)
Chair: Ms Tia Loukkola
Rapporteur: Dr Titi Savitri Prihatiningsih

Working Group B: External Quality Assurance: Regional Benchmarking and Development of Quality Assurance Standards in the Region and between the Regions

The Development of Quality Assurance Standards in the European Higher Education Area – Current Status and Perspectives (Dr Iring Wasser)
Case Study:

The AUN-QA Peer Evaluation seen from the Perspective of the University of Gadjah Mada University (Dr Kirbani Sri Brotopuspito)
Chair: Professor Nantana Gajaseni
Rapporteur: Mr Leendert Klaassen

Panel Discussion: Internal and External Quality Assurance – Why are They Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Chair: Ms Lesley Wilson
Introductory Remarks (Mr Ton Vroeijenstijn)
Commentary (Dr Kittiya Evans)
Remarks Dr Titi Savitri Prihatiningsih

Working Group C: Capacity Building for Quality Assurance

Capacity Building in Quality Assurance through Distance Education (Dr Antony Stella)

Capacity Building for Internal and External Quality Assurance in the Philippines and within the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) (Ms Concepcion V. Pijano)

Joined Quality Assurance Capacity Building in Sub-Regional Systems (Mr Stefan Bienefeld)
Chair: Professor Maria Helena Nazaré
Rapporteur: Professor Dr Amelia Guevara

Working Group D: Quality Assurance in Joined Study Programmes and Dual Degree Programmes
Case Study:

Quality Assurance in the Joined Masters Programme “Chinese-European Economics and Business Studies (CEEBS)” (Ms Annette Fleck; Mr Zhang Zhaohui)

Implementing Joined Quality Assurance Procedures - The Viewpoint of an Auditor (Mr Paul McGrath)
Chair: Mr Ton Vroeijenstijn
Rapporteur: Dr Norma Ryan