November 19, 2017

2017 ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) Seminar and Round Table Meeting

2017 ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) 
Seminar and Round Table Meeting
The Role of Quality Assurance in ASEAN Economic Community
25-26 September 2017
Champasak Province, Lao PDR

 

SEAMEO RIHED had the pleasure to participate in the 2017 ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) Seminar “The Role of Quality Assurance in ASEAN Economic Community” and attend as an honorary member in the 2017 AQAN Roundtable Meeting on 25-26 September 2017 in Champasak Province, Lao PDR.
The Opening Ceremony was addressed by the host country, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saykhong Saynasine, Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), Lao PDR; AQAN President, Rear Admiral Wachara Karunyavanij, Deputy Director, Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA), Thailand; and H.E. Mme Sengdeuan Lachanthaboune, Minister of Education and Sports, Lao PDR, who graciously presided at the Opening.
The Seminar explored the regional developments on ASEAN Quality Assurance Framework (AQAF) and ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) and shared experiences on External Quality Assurance (EQA’s) role and system, and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) practices, with interesting presentations from Lao PDR and fellow countries in ASEAN and Japan. SEAMEO RIHED was delighted to deliver a presentation about its university network and student mobility developments, in particular the ASEAN International Mobility of Students (AIMS) Programme.
The 2017 AQAN Roundtable Meeting held in conjunction with the seminar has been productive in reporting the activities and achievements of the network for the year 2016-2017. The meeting expressed appreciation to Thailand for the successful completion of the 3-year term as President of AQAN and congratulated Indonesia, for assuming the Presidency of AQAN working with the new set of executive committee for the next three years.
SEAMEO RIHED would like to thank AQAN for the gracious invitation and the Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR for warmly hosting the seminar and roundtable meeting in the wonderful and green province of Champasak, Lao PDR.

 

Photo credit of group photo: MoES, Lao PDR

Participants of the 2017 AQAN Seminar

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saykhong Saynasine, Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), Lao PDR

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saykhong Saynasine, Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), Lao PDR

 

H.E. Mme Sengdeuan Lachanthaboune, Minister of Education and Sports, Lao PDR

 

Ms. Supansa Pinkaja, Programme Officer, presenting SEAMEO RIHED’s work in university network and student mobility developments.

 

Participants of the 2017 AQAN Round Table Meeting

 

SEAMEO RIHED, as the honorary member of AQAN, presided the elections for the new Executive Committee.

 

The First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum

The First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum

14-15 June 2017

Manila, Philippines

 

SEAMEO RIHED had the pleasure to attend the First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum last 14-15 June 2017 in Conrad Hotel, Manila, Philippines. It has been a wonderful opportunity for the Alumni from the three existing mobility schemes in the region, namely, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development’s (SEAMEO RIHED) AIMS Programme, ASEAN Secretariat and the European Union’s SHARE Programme and ASEAN University Network’s ASEAN Credit Transfer System (AUN-ACTS) to gather and share their experiences together as participants of their respective mobility programmes.

Alumni from each Southeast Asian mobility scheme presented the background of their respective student mobility schemes and their experiences as its recipients in the session: The Current Picture of Regional Student Mobility in ASEAN. Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, accompanied Ms. Karnkeerati Uakulwarawat, an AIMS Programme (formerly M-I-T Student Mobility Programme) Alumni as panel members in the aforementioned session.

Alumni from the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship also participated in the event and actively expressed both the good and bad of their experiences as mobilised and internationalised students.

Apart from this forum being beneficial for the students and alumni, this forum has also been remarkably advantageous for the policy and decision makers for higher education in the region. With all the resource persons gathered, they have started to map out the current set up of the various student mobility schemes in the region.

One of the highlights of the forum was the ASEAN Debate where the students were asked to represent their respective countries to form a national team in an ASEAN-style meeting briefly presenting the strengths and weaknesses of higher education in each ASEAN Member Country.

These are all thanks to the SHARE Programme Team led by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Office of the President, and National Organizing Committee, Republic of the Philippines for organising and hosting this fruitful event.

 

More than 200 participants attended the First SHARE Student Mobility Forum

 

Students representing their country in the ASEAN Debate

 

Ms. Karnkeerati Uakulwarawat, AIMS Alumni, and Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED as panel members during the session: The Current Picture of Student Mobility in ASEAN.

 

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, receiving her token of appreciation from Mr. Napoleon Imperial, Director IV of CHED.

 

OHEC Retreat Meeting Strengthening the Partnership between SEAMEO RIHED, AUN, and SHARE

OHEC Retreat Meeting Strengthening the Partnership betweenSEAMEO RIHED, AUN, and SHARE

31 May 2017

Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok

 

On 31 May 2017, representatives from SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education (SEAMEO RIHED), ASEAN University Network (AUN) and European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE), attended the retreat meeting hosted by the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC). A momentous meeting was concluded identifying the common goals and strategic strength of each regional higher education agencies.

The purpose of this meeting was to strengthen higher education cooperation among ASEAN member states by identifying linkages and gaps between missions, initiatives, and strategic directions of the SEAMEO RIHED, AUN, and SHARE. OHEC laid the foundation of this discussion by presenting information on efforts and current status of higher education cooperation in ASEAN, particularly on regionalization and internationalization.

SEAMEO RIHED is sending its sincere gratitude to OHEC for making this fruitful event possible.

 

Group photo of the participants

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bundit Thipakorn chairing the meeting  

 

The 4th SEAMEO RIHED-ACC Study Visit Programme to China

The 4th SEAMEO RIHED-ACC Study Visit Programme to China

On Enhancing Higher Education Collaboration in the Fields of Foreign Language and Culture, Tourism and Hospitality, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Medicine, and Marine Science 

23-30 April 2017 in Haikou-Sanya, Hainan Province, P.R. China

 

Following the success of the three previous study visit programmes to China, SEAMEO RIHED, in collaboration with the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) and the Education Department of Hainan Province (EDHP), organised the 4th SEAMEO RIHED-ACC Study Visit Programme to China from 23-30 April 2017 to visit Hainan Province (Haikou and Sanya) of P.R. China. The Programme was exclusively designed for institutional leaders and higher education officials from Southeast Asia to provide extensive opportunity to gain in-depth understanding of the Chinese higher education system and its outstanding institutions in Hainan Province, and to explore networking and future academic collaborations, particularly in the fields of Foreign Language and Culture, Tourism and Hospitality, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Medicine, and Marine Science.

 

SEAMEO RIHED would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) and the Education Department of Hainan Province (EDHP) for their generous support and kind collaboration for making this Study Visit Programme possible.

 

During the Study Visit, 12 delegates from 7 Southeast Asian Countries had the opportunity to visit 7 renowned institutions in Haikou and Sanya of Hainan Province, namely Hainan University, Hainan Normal University, Hainan Medical University, Hainan Tropical Ocean University, Hainan Foreign Language College of Professional Education, Sanya University, and the Spice and Beverage Research Institute. Taking the privilege of being the only Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in China, Hainan Province has recently become a captivating spot for both tourism and investment. In order to respond to a massive growth, the Hainan Provincial Government has continuously implemented a strategy of developing Hainan through education and technology.

 

In addition, “the 2017 ASEAN-China Seminar on Academic Research & Exchanges: Foster Educational Quality through International Collaboration: Academic Research and Exchange between Hainan and ASEAN” was convened on 26 April 2017 at Baohua Harbour View Hotel. Participants from both ASEAN and China introduced their institutions and actively discussed the possibility of future academic cooperation and exchanges between ASEAN and Hainan HEIs.

 

Delegates from ASEAN and Hainan HEIs, SEAMEO RIHED, ACC, and EDHP taking a group photo during the 2017 ASEAN-China Seminar on Academic Research & Exchanges: Foster Educational Quality through International Collaboration: Academic Research and Exchange between Hainan and ASEAN

 

H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) during her welcome speech at the Seminar emphasising the importance of education cooperation and exchanges between China and ASEAN

 

Mr. Li Yuenan, Deputy Director General of the Education Department of Hainan Province (EDHP) delivering his welcome speech highlighting the strong ties between Hainan and ASEAN particularly in education cooperation and exchanges as well as trade and investment

 

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED underlining commitments of SEAMEO RIHED in strengthening higher education cooperation and collaborations between China and the Southeast Asian Region

 

MoU Signing Ceremony between Gunadarma University and Hainan Tropical Ocean University

 

 Delegates visited Hainan University

 

Delegates visited Hainan Normal University

 

Delegates visited Hainan Medical University

 

Delegates visited Hainan Foreign Language College of Professional Education

 

Delegates visited Hainan Tropical Ocean University

 

Delegates visited Sanya University

 

List of Delegates (in alphabetical orders):

1) Mr. Sary Mam, Official, Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Cambodia

 

2) Dr. Ir. Hotniar Siringoringo, M.Sc., Head of Institute for Research, Gunadarma University, Indonesia

 

3) Dr. Renny Haryono, SE., MM., Head of Career Center, Gunadarma University, Indonesia

 

4) Dr. Sitha Khemmarath, Vice President, Savannakhet University, Lao PDR

 

5) Prof. Dr. Ir. Sr. Suhaimi Abdul Talib, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International), University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia

 

6) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yamin Bin Yasin, Chief Executive, INTEC Education College, University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia

 

7) Dr. Win Swe, Principal (Pro-Rector), Mandalar Degree College, Myanmar

 

8) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chompoonuh K. Permpoonwiwat, Associate Dean for Research and International Relations, Graduate School, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

 

9) Asst. Prof. Dr. Sittipong Wattananonsakul, Deputy Dean for Administration and Planning, Graduate School, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

 

10) Ms. Sukalin Wanakasemsan, Deputy Director, Office of International Affairs and Global Network, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

 

11) Ms. Hathaiwan Tunyapanich, Lecturer/Assistant Secretary to the University Council, North Eastern University, Thailand

 

12) Dr. Thuy T. T. Nguyen, Senior Official, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam

 

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Special Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education

Special Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education (Special SOM-ED) on Higher Education and Technical Meeting of ASEAN Higher Education Experts

Jakarta, Indonesia

10-11 April 2017

 

SEAMEO RIHED has the pleasure to participate at the Special Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education (Special SOM-ED) on Higher Education and Technical Meeting of ASEAN Higher Education Experts on 10-11 April 2017, in Jakarta, Indonesia, organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and the European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN region (SHARE).

 

The Special SOM-ED on Higher Education and Technical Meeting of ASEAN Higher Education Experts brought together over 60 delegates comprising senior officials in higher education from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and representatives from SEAMEO RIHED, SEAMEO Secretariat, ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN), ASEAN University Network (AUN) Secretariat, AUN Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net), ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF), Asia-Europe Institute, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. SEAMEO RIHED would like to express appreciation to SHARE and the ASEAN Secretariat for hosting the Meetings.

 

The delegates of the Meetings shared updates on higher education activities under ASEAN and partner organisations, and explored ways to synergise efforts in higher education development and harmonisation for the benefits of the Southeast Asian region, in particular on scholarship and student mobility, credit transfer, Qualifications Framework, and Quality Assurance. The Meetings also discussed ways to align higher education initiatives and improve coordination between organisations working on higher education in the region. Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai (Aom), Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, provided updates and progress of SEAMEO RIHED’s work on student mobility and credit transfer at the Meetings.

 

 

3rd SHARE Scholarship Programme – International Relations Office Workshop “Managing Internationalisation and the SHARE Scholarship Programme”

3rd SHARE Scholarship Programme – International Relations Office Workshop

“Managing Internationalisation and the SHARE Scholarship Programme”

Bangkok, Thailand

22-23 February 2017

 

SEAMEO RIHED, attended the SHARE Scholarship Programme – International Relations Office Workshop hosted by EP-Nuffic at the Embassy of Netherlands, Bangkok, Thailand  last 22-23 February 2017.

The SHARE Scholarship Programme is a project between European and Southeast Asian Higher Education Agencies including the British Council, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Campus France, EP-Nuffic, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European University Association (EUA), ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN University Network (AUN) and SEAMEO RIHED aimed to strengthen the regional cooperation and internationalisation of Higher Education in Southeast Asia. EP-Nuffic conducts workshops to enhance the programme development and internationalisation knowledge of the International Relations Officers from different universities participating in the SHARE Programme.

SEAMEO RIHED extends its special thanks to EP-Nuffic for the invitation to attend this 3rd Workshop. The goal of this workshop was to review batches 1 and 2 of the SHARE Scholarship Implementation and identify points for improvement for the third batch, particularly through the enhancement of communication among the International Relations Officers. Furthermore, proposed changes to the guidelines and the SHARE online platform were also discussed.

 

The participants of the 3rd SHARE Workshop having a group photo.

 

(from left to right) Representatives of SHARE, Ministry of Education (Indonesia), SEAMEO RIHED and OHEC

 

The International Forum on Cross-Border Education

20-21 December 2016

New Yantai Hotel, Haikou, Hainan Province, People’s Republic of China

 

SEAMEO RIHED is delighted to be part of the International Forum on Cross-Border Education organized by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC), Ministry of Education, P.R. China, on 20-21 December 2016 in Haikou, Hainan Province. Our sincere appreciation to the CDGDC for having SEAMEO RIHED to attend and participate in this important milestone.

At the Forum, both local and international experts in higher education joined the discussion to share good practices done at national, regional as well as global levels related to Cross-Border Education, including Quality Assurance, Qualification Framework and Recognition, and Credit Transfer and Learning Outcome Recognition.

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Senior Programme Officer, represented SEAMEO RIHED to make the presentation on “Qualifications Framework and Recognition Development in Southeast Asia” which highlighted key regional frameworks and networks related to higher education including the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN), ASEAN Quality Assurance Framework (AQAF), ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF), and ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs).

 

From left to right: Mr. Nitipong Srisoontaraporn, Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Mr. Wang Lisheng, Ms. Thanthakorn Phuangsawat

Officers from SEAMEO RIHED having a group photo with Mr. Wang Lisheng, Director General of the Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC)

 

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Senior Programme Officer of SEAMEO RIHED, joining the panel for the Q&A session along with other international experts

 

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Senior Programme Officer of SEAMEO RIHED, delivering her presentation on Qualifications Framework and Recognition Development in Southeast Asia

 

Local and international joining the seminar during the second day to share procedures and good practices related to Cross-Border Education done in their respective countries and institutions

 

Mr. Li Jianbao, President of Hainan University, welcoming all the international participants during the welcome dinner

 

International Participants joining the cultural tour to Haikou Leiqiong Volcanic Cluster National Geopark

 

15th Meeting of the Working Group on Human Resource Development

14-15 December 2016

Intercontinental Hotel, Kunming, PRC

 

SEAMEO RIHED gladly participated in the 15th Meeting of the Working Group on Human Resource Development (HRD) of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) along with key persons from HRD sectors namely education, labor and migration, health, and social development from Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Other strategic development partners such as the SEAMEO Secretariat, Mekong Institute, International Organization for Migration (IOM), ASEAN University Network (AUN) and World Health Organization (WHO) also participated in the meeting. The meeting was organized by the Asian Development Bank hosted at Intercontinental Hotel, Kunming, People’s Republic of China.

With the theme Regional Cooperation in Human Resource Development: Spurring Knowledge, Skills and Innovation in the Greater Mekong Subregion, Ms.Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Senior Programme Officer at SEAMEO RIHED, delivered a presentation on Forwarding Regional Higher Education Cooperation. She outlined the achievements and current status in the development of SEAMEO RIHED’s Academic Credit Transfer Framework in Asia (ACTFA) and Greater Mekong Subregion University Consortium (GMS-UC).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants of the 15th Working Group on Human Resource Development (WGHRD-15)  

 

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Senior Programme Officer at SEAMEO RIHED,

delivering her presentation on Forwarding Regional

Higher Education Cooperation

 

(from left to right) Ms. Phunyanuch of SEAMEO RIHED, Dr. Tinsiri Siribodhi of SEAMEO Secretariat, Ms. Lakhana Dockiao of OHEC and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nantana Gajaseni of AUN discussing the achievements of the education sector in the GMS  under SFAP 2013-2017.

 

Mr. Hou Nan, Director of the Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Yunnan Province, PRC, reporting the achievements and future developments of the education sector in the GMS.  

http://rihed.seameo.org/15th-meeting-of-the-working-group-on-human-resource-development/

The 4th Meeting of the APT-WG on Mobility of Higher Education and Ensuring Quality Assurance of Higher Education

On 1-2 December 2016, SEAMEO RIHED attended the 4th ASEAN Plus Three Working Group (APT-WG) on Mobility of Higher Education and Ensuring Quality of Higher Education Among ASEAN Plus Three Countries in Cebu, the Philippines.

The Meeting was graciously hosted by the Commission of Higher Education, the Philippines. Malaysia was the Chair of the Meeting with Japan as the Co-Chair. Representatives from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN University Network (AUN) also attended the Meeting.

The main discussions at the Meeting included: 1) proposal on the monitoring of the ASEAN Plus Three Guidelines on Student Exchange and Mobility, 2) introduction of the draft “Guidelines on Transcript for Exchange Students, including Comparison Table of the Credit Transfer System” to facilitate greater understanding and promote student mobility and 3) proposal to revise the Working Group’s ToR to further enhance and strengthen cooperation within the region.

SEAMEO RIHED supports the initiatives of the Working Group on Mobility of Higher Education and Ensuring Quality of Higher Education Among APT Countries which complement SEAMEO RIHED’s work on academic mobility and the harmonizing of Higher Education in Southeast Asia and beyond.

 

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Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanatoi, Senior Programme Officer, SEAMEO RIHED, attended the Working Group on behalf of the SEAMEO RIHED Centre Director with Dr. Taiji Hotta, Hiroshima University.

 

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Discussions at the 4th APT-WG on Mobility of Higher Education and Ensuring Quality of Higher Education Among ASEAN Plus Three Countries.

 

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Cultural visit to the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital.

 

The 1st Steering Committee Meeting of the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme

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Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

 8 October 2016

SEAMEO RIHED organized the 1st Steering Committee Meeting of the SEAMEO RIHED’s ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme on 8 October 2016 at Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting discussed on the roles and responsibilities, including the term and number of  Steering Committee Members, the chairmanship and the permanent secretariat, as well as the organization of the next AIMS Steering Committee Meeting.

The Steering Committee of the AIMS Programme was established as a result of the discussion during the 9th Review Meeting of the AIMS Programme organized on 22-23 October 2016 in Ibaraki, Japan. The Meeting proposed and agreed to set up a supporting mechanism to enhance and improve operations as well as to tackle pertinent issues and challenges in the AIMS Programme. The Steering Committee is comprised of one government and one university representatives who are nominated by their respective member governments participating in the AIMS Programme.

The Steering Committee plays an important role for regulating future directions and formulating specific policies and activities that contributes to the development and further sustainability of the AIMS Programme. With continued expansion and development over the years, the Steering Committee Meeting has been organized to review, streamline, improve and enhance the Programme to promote the harmonization of higher education in the Southeast Asian Region.

Thank you all the Steering Committee members and participants for their commitments and contribution to the successful meeting.

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