Call for EoI to Host 2021 APQN Academic Conference and and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Call for EoI to Host 2021 APQN Academic Conference and and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Dear APQN members,

Warmest greetings from the APQN Board and the Secretariat!

The APQN Board is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) from member organizations to co-host 2021 APQN Annual Conference (AAC) and Annual General Meeting (AGM). We welcome EoI to host the conferences from all members (it is not the practice to hold the consecutive event in the same country.)

AAC and AGM are major events of the year and good opportunities for members to update themselves on the latest trends in quality assurance and liaise with their colleagues in the region. They focus on improving quality assurance in education, academic and practical exchanges and communications, not involving any political issues of any country. The goal is “Disolving Boundaries for a Quality Region” and the mission is to “enhance the quality of higher education in Asia and the Pacific region through building the capacity of quality assurance agencies and extending the cooperation between them”.

The proposed dates of AAC might be from March to June, 2021. The tentative program of AAC and AGM is as follows:

Day, Time

Day-1

13:00-

Registration

16:00-19:30

The 1st Board meeting and other Council meetings (Board members only)

Day-2

08:00-09:00

Registration

09:00-10:30

Opening

10:30-12:30

Keynote Speech -1

Plenary Sesion-1

13:30-18:00

Plenary Sesion-2

Parallel Sessions1-2; Workshop 1

18:00-20:00

Welcome Dinner

APQN Quality Award Ceremony

Day-3

09:00-12:30

Keynote Speech-2

Plenary Sesion-3

Parallel Session 3-4; Workshop 2

13:30-14:30

Plenary Sesion-4

14:30-15:30

Closing Session

15:30-16:30

Annual General Meeting (APQN members only)

16:30-18:00

The 2nd Board Meeting(Board members only)

Day-4

08:30-13:00

City tour to the host region

The responsibilities of the local host:

  • Making the following drafts and submit to the APQN Board: 1)the overall theme and 4 sub-topics; 2)the budget; and 3) the proposed registration fee (no more than 300 USD).
  • Handling onsite registrations. The registration fees are used by the local host, but 50 USD per international participant will be submitted to APQN to meet its overheads and processing charges. APQN Board members (no more than 10) and invited keynote speakers (no more than 3) will be registration waivers while for local participants; the host can have its own decision.
  • Being responsible for the expenditure, including the registration kit (the programmes; the booklets of participants; conference materials, etc.), 3 buffets, 4 coffee breaks, a half-day excursion including a meal (the participants could be charged a small fee as a guarantee and help the organizers to book transportation and meals), travel of the keynote speakers, complimentary gifts and certificates for chairs, speakers and presenters.
  • Arranging for all the venues (including the venues of the Board meetings and other committee meetings on sidelines of the conference) and the conference facilities (including a paper printer for Secretariat, a computer and a slide show for PPTs each session room, Wi-Fi for AAC, 3-5 good photos from each session, etc.) upon informing by APQN Secretariat at least 7 days before AAC.
  • Arranging up-dating the registrants and handling the queries on travel, accommodation and visa, providing invitation letter for visa application and facilitating the visa procedure, if needed. Setting up a web-site of 2018 AAC with all the necessary information for participants, if possible.
  • Conducting onsite or online evaluation survey of AAC and AGM and write a 500-word report on the result; writing the 3000-word report of the AAC with 10-20 photos to be published in APQNews.
  • Publishing APQN Proceeding of the selected papers with the financial support from APQN (if the host is willing to do), whose first responsibility and rights should be APQN.

The Responsibilities of APQN:

  • Supporting in announcing and popularizing the conference information to its members and mailing list subscribers and handling the online conference registration.
  • Preparing the timeline for the AAC and AGM, developing the whole Programme made up of 1 finance committee meeting, 2 board meetings, 1 APQR Council meeting, 1 quality awarding ceremony with local cultural performances (dances, songs and music); keynote speeches; panel discussions; parallel sessions, workshops and relative meetings.
  • Identifying keynote speakers and communicating with them about the topic speeches and open speeches.
  • Calling for the AAC papers, reviewing the submitted papers and contacting with the authors on the papers and presentations, giving guidelines to the paper presenters as well as the chairs of different meetings.
  • Calling for: 1) the application for APQN Quality Award; 2) the applications for sponsorship; and 3) hosting of next AAC and AGM, and 4) reviewing the three categories of the applicants.
  • Informing the local host the exact number of different the venues and the conference facilities, such as a paper printer for Secretariat, a computer and a slide show for PPTs each session room, Wi-Fi for AAC, 1 group photo, 3-5 good photos from each session, etc. at least 7 days before AAC.
  • Uploading Presentation PPTs and photos to APQN website, publishing all kinds of AAC reports in APQNews and helping the local host to publish the Proceeding.

APQN requests a brief proposal covering its interest and capability. The annexes are the Guidelines for EoI to host 2021AAC and AGM and Sample Budget, which could be used for your reference.

Initial EoI should be made to the Board of APQN through the APQN Secretariat by email to Prof/Dr. Jianxin Zhang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Administrator Le Fang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), which is kindly requested to submit by Decmber 30, 2019.

Beat regards

APQN Board

August 23, 2019

 


Annex 1:

Guidelines for EoI to host 2021APQN Academic Conference (AAC) and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The EoI should cover the following information and needs to be sent to Prof/Dr. Jianxin Zhang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Administrator Le Fang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The deadline of submitting EoI and proposed budget is before December 30, 2019.

  1. Name of host agency and contact details and motivation for organizing the APQN Annual Conference (no more than 800 words)
  2. Suggestions on an overall theme and sub-topics of the Conference
  3. Expected both international and national contribution to the enhancement of quality assurance (no more than 800 words)
  4. Experience in organizing similar events; financial support from the (local) ministry or a similar body, if any.
  5. Information about the proposed venue; information about the travel and accommodation cost (location, price range…)
  6. Management and administrative structure of organizing the Conference
  7. Draft budget (in US dollars) (50 USD per international participant will be extracted from the registration fee to APQN’s overheads and processing charges)
  8. Possibilities for sponsorship from local commercial or public organizations to assist the participation of delegates from less-developed countries.

 

 

Annex 2: Sample Budget for AAC and AGM

Income

Expense

Item

 

Amount (USD)

Item

Amount (USD)

1. Registration fee

1.1 APQN member

1. Conference materials (booklet of participants, papers, etc.)

1.2 Foreigner

2. Meeting rooms

1.3 Local

3. Three Meals and four coffee breaks

2.From the host

4. Air ticket and accommodations of 2 keynote speakers

3.From the ministry

(or a similar body)

5. Complimentary gifts for chairs and speakers

4.Others

6. Transportation and 2 meals cost for keynote speakers and the Board members

7. a half-day excursion including a meal

Total

Total

 

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