Immediate Past President: Dr Jagannath Patil (Ex Officio)
Dr. Jagannath Patil is the immediate Past President of Asia Pacific Quality Network [APQN], the largest regional network of QA bodies from over 50 countries. An internationally recognized quality assurance professional, Dr. Patil serves as Adviser at National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India. As the longest serving President and elected Board member of APQN for over 3 terms, JP has made stellar contribution in building APQN as one of the world’s most respected QA organisation in higher education.
Dr JP has served as consultant on various national and international missions including that of UNESCO, World Bank,etc. As experienced QA Professional of the leading QA agency and Board member of APQN for several years, he has shared his QA expertise to many HEIs and QAAs across the world. His key assignment was as consultant on UNESCO/ World Bank mission to Association of African Universities- AAU, Accra to help capacity building initiative of emerging African QA Network. In June 2012, Dr JP was invited as Chair of international panel to review the regulatory Framework of the Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius.
As an Adviser of NAAC he has coordinated Assessment and Accreditation exercise of about 1000 Higher Educational Institutions.
He has visited about 40 countries on academic assignments and made presentations and/or conducted workshops in quality assurance as resource person. He is one of the sought after speaker in QA fraternity around the world and has delivered Key note speeches in Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas. Dr. Patil has also been a Moderator of APARNET, an online community of UNESCO Bangkok. As APQN President he has served on many Working Groups of UNESCO.
He has authored and edited publications on accreditation and quality assurance under the auspices of NAAC , APQN and other international fora. Among various recognitions, he is recipient of a prestigious international award by the Government of Australia titled- Endeavor India Executive Award for year 2007 .
After taking over as APQN President, Dr. JP has launched several initiatives including APQN Quality Awards, APQN Exchange Program, MoU with Commonwealth of Learning , Canada, MoU with European Consortium of Accreditation [ ECA] and Quality publication series, etc.
JP led new initiatives of APQN to launch Asia Pacific Quality Information Portal and Asia Pacific Quality Assurance Register [ APQR] as part of decennial agenda.
Dr JP has received international recognition for contribution to Quality Assurance in Asia Pacific in form of Plaque of Honour awarded by ONESQA, Thailand received at the hands of Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand on 7th November 2013 at Bangkok. He was also an elected president of INQAAHE in 2015-2016, being the first Asian expert to become INQAAHE President. He is leading initiatives to mark 25 years of INQAAHE.
He is the founder Chairperson of Asia Pacific Quality Register [APQR].