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Regional Conference on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Asia-Pacific

UNESCO Regional Conference on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Asia-Pacific, 15-16 June 2017, Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China

Regional Conference on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Asia-Pacific

Building Local and Regional Capacity for a Living Quality Culture in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific

15-16 June 2017, Shenzhen, P.R. China

The Education 2030 Framework for Action Target 4.3 clearly states that “by 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university”. However, Asia-Pacific has been facing quality challenges brought about by the massification of higher education, the diversification of providers and the increasing use of technologies in the delivery of higher education programmes. In addition, effective quality assurance is essential to build mutual trust among countries and underpins confidence in qualifications in Asia-Pacific and worldwide, which will promote mobility of students across borders.

Taking into account these concerns, more than 100 representatives and resource persons from more than 30 countries participated in the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (15-16 June in Shenzhen, P.R. China). The conference is one of the regional conferences to help shape the International Conference on Quality Assurance tentatively scheduled for early 2018 in Paris, France.

During the Shenzhen conference, participants were able to share innovative QA policies and practices from groundbreaking speakers and forward-thinking higher education experts, visit 21 exhibitions in a gallery walk, and discuss more than 10 countries’ case studies on quality assurance of higher education.  Most of all, after the highly intensive discussion using an ‘Ishikawa diagram’, participants agreed on a shared vision of the challenges ahead, including “How to Build Regional and Local Capacity for Living Quality Culture in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific”. During the conference closing, the draft Shenzhen Statement was discussed as an outcome document to provide insights on the growing importance of quality assurance in higher education in Asia-Pacific.

For more information, please contact the higher education unit at UNESCO Bangkok: eisd.bgk@unesco.org


The meeting was jointly organized by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand and the Section of Higher Education, UNESCO in Paris, with generous support and insights from the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO International Centre for Higher Education Innovation (UNESCO-ICHEI).



Country case study reports (group discussion) 

  • Cambodia (Mr. Rath Chhang, Director of Graduate Program Accreditation, Accreditation Committee of Cambodia) - pdf,600kb
  • Fiji (Mr. Akuila Savu, Team Leader Quality Assurance, Fiji Higher Education Commission, Fiji) - pdf,600kb
  • India (Ms. Manju Singh, Joint Secretary (International Cooperation), University Grants Commission of India) - pdf,1.6mb
  • Japan (Ms. Midori Kojima, Unit chief, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ms. Ikuko Watanabe, International unit chief, National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education) - pdf,1.2mb
  • Nepal (Mr. Laxmi Ram Paudel, Joint Secretary, Teachers Service Commission of Nepal) - pdf,475kb
  • New Zealand (Ms. Dolly Seow-Ganesan, Team Leader, Quality Assurance Policy, New Zealand Qualifications Authority) - pdf,335kb
  • Pakistan (Mr. Sulaiman Ahmad, Director, Quality Assurance Agency, Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan) - pdf,460kb
  • Philippines (Ms. Gunigundo Mary Sylvette Tanjuan, Chief, Quality Assurance Division, Office of Institutional Quality Assurance and Governance, Commission on Higher Education) - pdf,497kb
  • Viet Nam (Ms. Tran Thi Ngoc Bich, Deputy Head, Division of Higher and Vocational Education Accreditation, Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training) - pdf,316kb