Professor Jianxin Zhang is the 5th and 6th President（2016-2019; 2019-2022） of APQN, the largest and most influential non-profit/non-government organization in quality assurance of higher education in the Asia-Pacific Region. She is the Chief Expert of Yunnan Higher Education Evaluation Center (YHEEC), tenured professor of Yunnan University and Advisor of Council for CHEA/CIQG in USA (2012-2017).
She obtained her PhD degree at Peking University in China, her Master degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Switzerland. She was the visiting scholar in Asia-Pacific Program of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) of UNESCO in 2008.
She has been actively involved in the practices and researches of quality assurance. She co-organized 2015 APQN Academic Conference (AAC) in China. She organized over 20 on-site evaluations to higher education institutions (HEIs), designed the framework of program evaluation, conducted dozens of workshops on QA in China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other countries/territories. She reviewed Fiji Higher Education Commission, Russian Register and IAAHEH/LAM-PTKes in Indonesian for on-site review of Asia-Pacific Quality Register (APQR). She is one of the review panelists in CHEA/CIQG Quality Platform Review on the Students Learning Outcomes (SLOs). She is the site review leader of APQN Quality Label (APQL) on Accreditation of Internationalization to Symbiosis International (Deemed University) in India. She observed in AUN Actual Quality Assessment at Program Level, twice presented in Asia-Pacific Sub-regional Preparatory Conference for World Conference on Higher Education and participated in International Forum for Education 2020 organized by East-West Center in USA. She has visited over 60 countries /territories on various academic assignments and QA matters.
She has been teaching for over 30 years in comparative education, quality assurance and educational methods and other 20 courses, and supervised over 50 postgraduates in Yunnan University. She presided and engaged in over 50 research projects both domestically and abroad, e.g. “APQN Sustainable Development” “INQAAHE-APQN Survey of Internal and External Quality Assurance Landscape” ... She has published 6 monographs, 4 translated books, 18 edited books and over 200 papers. Among them, 10 got the government’s awards.