TrainIQA 2016-18: High Level Visit in Potsdam
From 7th to 11th November 2016, the third ASEAN-QA TrainIQA phase started with a High Level Visit in Potsdam, Germany. The training aims at professionalising quality managers at Southeast Asian universities and to support them in their endeavor to build up systematic QA structures. During the five days visit, 35 Presidents and Vice Presidents coming from universities from nine different Southeast Asian countries came together and discussed current challenges as well as the role of the university leadership in the field of quality assurance in higher education. In the course of the ASEAN-QA phase, all participating quality managers will implement an own individual project in the context of the training at their home institution.
On Thursday, the 10th November, all participants of the High Level Visit went to Berlin to visit the Freie Universität Berlin and to learn about their internationalisation strategy and faculty management. Everybody appreciated the opportunity to gain an insight into another university's quality assurance system and discussed advantages and challenges. Afterwards, a panel discussion took place at the German Parliament with MdB Patricia Lips. The distribution of state resources for higher education institutions as well as the role of national and state governments in quality assurance at universities were of major interest. Furthermore, the funding of private institutions in comparision to state universities and recent trends in the European higher education system were debated about.
A documentation of the Visit can be accessed here.
The first TrainIQA workshop will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 20th and 24th February 2017.
About the Project:
ASEAN-QA aims at promoting regional quality assurance in ASEAN countries. It is coordinated and conducted by the University of Potsdam (Centre for Quality Development - ZfQ) within the frame of the DIES programme, which is jointly coordinated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). Partners of the ASEAN-QA Project are the ASEAN University Network (AUN), the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development in Southeast Asia (SEAMEO RIHED) and two regional networks of QA agencies: in Europe and Southeast Asia: the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN).