CHEA Participates in Asia-Pacific Quality Network Conference

Jan Friis, Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, recently participated in the Asia-Pacific Quality Network meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a keynote speaker, Friis addressed the conference on "Innovation and Sustainable Development in Higher Education," emphasizing the importance of diverse education delivery methods and advocating for competency-based education and other modalities. The Asia-Pacific Quality Network continues to utilize CIQG Quality Principles in evaluating institutions, as confirmed during the conference.

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HEEC Completed the 2018 Training of Audit Evaluation Experts

HEEC Completed the Audit Evaluation Experts Training2018

Higher Education Evaluation Center(HEEC) of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of Chinaorganized theaudit evaluation experts training in Qingdao on April 12, 2018. Over 500 experts and project managers attended the training and got their certificates. The newly-trained experts are supposed to do their contributions in the audit evaluations this year.

Peer review is one of the guiding principles in the institutional evaluation process of HEEC. HEEC always selects prospective experts and provides professional trainings to help them do their jobs in the audit evaluation process. All the experts should be selected based on their professional experiences in higher education institutions(HEIs) and/or relevant industries as well as in quality assurance. This year HEEC organized audit evaluation experts training on April 12 in Qingdao Cop Thorne Hotel. Prior to their participations in the audit evaluation exercises, experts were introduced about the audit work and their roles.

The training waswell organized. The training programincluded “The New Ideas and New Standards of the Audit Evaluation” by Zhou Aijun, Deputy Director of HEEC;  “The Interpretation of the Scope of the Audit Evaluation” by Lin Pinghua, Vice President of Southeast University; “The Working Procedures of Audit Experts” by Wu Ping, Vice President of Huazhong Agriculture University;  “The Share of Working Experiences as Audit Experts” by Liu Huadong, Vice President of China University of Petroleum; “The Use of the Data Analysis Report” by Yang Jing, Division of Information of HEEC; and “The Introduction of the Information Management System of the Institutional Evaluation” by Sun Ying, Division of Institutional Evaluation of HEEC. The invited speakers are very experienced audit experts who always work as panel leaders in the HEEC audit evaluations. At the end of the training, the experts were supposed to have clear visions about their work in the future audit evaluations.

Over 500 experts and project managers attended the training. HEEC gave every expert and managera Training Certificate. The certificates are important symbols for HEEC’s acknowledgements and welcomes to the new experts to join the audit evaluation. And also, the training provided a valuable platform for the dialogues between experts, project managers and HEEC.

The audit evaluation is an important form of the institutional evaluation in China. HEEC will conduct altogether 85 universities’ (colleges’) audit evaluation in 2018. That is the reason why more audit experts are needed this year. Surely the newly-trained experts will do their contributions in the future. And HEEC would follow the performance of each expert and provide the necessary help to ensure the quality of audit evaluations.

(Written by Sun Ying) 

The 4th 3-day Workshop for Program Evaluators of NAEAC

member 1Fourth three-days training workshop was organized by the National Agriculture Education Accreditation Council (NAEAC) for its program evaluators (PEs) in collaboration with Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), Higher Education Commission, Islamabad from September 28-30, 2017 at Hotel Margala, Islamabad. Resource person for the training workshop was Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang, a very senior quality assurance professional with considerable international experience of institutional and program review, presently President of Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN).

Program Evaluators representation was based on institutional and provincial quota. Thirty (30) participants for the workshop were identified and nominated for the training workshop including meritorious professors, deans, directors, and a few associates. Fifty percent participants were from Punjab and the rest from Sindh, Khuber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and AJK. This is the fourth training workshop in the series, earlier three such workshops were conducted in 2011, 2012 and 2015 with total number of 90 program evaluators/experts. The main objectives of the fourth training workshop were: to improve the relevant skills of PEs in undertaking external evaluation and accreditation process of degree programs and to understand participatory SWOT analysis and NAEAC best practices of external peer review process.

The inaugural session of the workshop was chaired by Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC whereas the concluding session was presided by Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman, HEC. Resource Person prepared the course contents of the training workshop thoroughly and in a meticulous manner. She appreciated the interest and commitment of the participants in the workshop deliberations. Participants of the workshop highly valued the training material and its delivery by the resource person. They expressed their full satisfaction on the teaching-learning process and desired that such workshops may be regularly organized for orientation and updating the knowledge and skills of the P.Es.

Chairman, HEC in his concluding remarks appreciated and acknowledged the hard work of the resource person. He congratulated the NAEAC for conducting the training workshop successfully and provided the opportunity to the program evaluators from different institutions of Pakistan. He was of the view that this workshop will enable program evaluators to learn the quality assurance mechanism involved in the external review process of agriculture degree programs.

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(Written by Raja Mehtab Yasin, Deputy Director, Admin & Finance)

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