2nd Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications in Asia-Pacific
Promoting ratification of the 2011 Tokyo Convention
1-3 June 2017 │ Beijing, P.R. China
As a global leader in mobility, international students from Asia-Pacific pursue valuable opportunities to build new skills, promote the values of global citizenship and contribute significantly to national economic development. However, the rapid expansion of providers has challenged the comparability, recognition and quality assurance of educational qualifications, particularly in countries where administrative systems remain underdeveloped.
To address this need, delegates and resource persons from over 30 countries in Asia and the Pacific gathered in Beijing, China from 1-3 June 2017 with two primary objectives in mind:
Advance ratification and implementation of the 2011 Tokyo Convention: Build national-level awareness and capacity with regards to the benefits, challenges, and ratification procedures of the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (2011 Tokyo Convention);
Accelerate the development of National Information Centres (NICs) in Asia-Pacific: Share information on how to establish and promote key national outreach mechanisms such as NICs to provide authoritative information on higher education systems on the recognition of qualifications.
During the 14th Session of the Regional Committee on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications in Asia and the Pacific, held in August 2016 in Sydney, Australia, Member States shared their current work plans on ratification and implementation of the 2011 Tokyo Convention. Building on the 14th Session and with the aim to bring the 2011 Tokyo Convention into force as soon as possible, Member States were invited to Beijing for the 2nd Regional Capacity Building Workshop to benchmark their progress towards ratification of the 2011 Tokyo Convention and plan the launch of a network of NICs in Asia and the Pacific.
As a result of the regional workshop, participants committed to identifying focal points for NICs in their respective countries and developed strategies to build greater awareness among key stakeholders within their higher education systems about the national value of the 2011 Tokyo Convention. The event was highly interactive, which contributed to a productive planning and trouble-shooting process for Member States at various stages of readiness related to ratification.
The 2nd Regional Capacity-Building Workshop was generously hosted by the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, and the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre (CDGDC). In addition to co-hosting, CDGDC led the 2nd International Forum on Internationalization of Postgraduate Education on June 3 in order to explore insights on regional trends and priorities for higher education in China. For more information, please contact the higher education unit at UNESCO Bangkok: firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting was organized by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand, in collaboration with the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre (CDGDC).
- Concept Note (pdf, 710kb)
- Agenda (pdf, 163kb)
- Informal Note on the 2011 Tokyo Convention (pdf, 271kb)
- Guidelines for National Information Centres (pdf, 657kb)
- Welcoming Speech (Mr. Du Yue, Secretary‐General, National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO) - pdf, 120kb
- Ratification of the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education - Australia’s experience (Ms. Katherine Vickers, Minister‐Counsellor (Education), Australian Embassy in Beijing, Australia, Chair, Bureau of the Regional Committee) - pdf, 306kb
- Why do we need the 2011 Tokyo Convention now more than ever? (Ms. Jihye Hwang, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, Thailand) - pdf, 878kb
- The Tokyo Gameshow: Understanding ratification and implementation (Mr. Wesley Teter, Senior Consultant, UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Thailand) - pdf, 453kb
- Implementing the values of the 2011 Tokyo Convention - Accelerating the development of National Information Centres (NICs) in Asia and the Pacific - pdf, 637kb