Australia attends global quality assurance summit, India

October 11, 2016

TEQSA attended a landmark quality assurance global summit, 16-17 September, Bengaluru, India. Called the Next Generation Quality Assurance of Higher Education - A Shared Vision and Commitment for Fostering Partnership Beyond Borders the summit was organised by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

The summit attracted more than 120 delegates from 20 countries and 16 global quality assurance bodies. Leaders met to discuss the spirit of global quality assurance co-operation, from the three biggest higher education systems in the world the United States of America, China and India plus key international players such as Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia UAE, Mauritius, Europe and Arab nations. For some, it was the first time the agencies had met on the same platform.

TEQSA's engagement

TEQSA’s international director of engagement, Dr Karen Treloar presented a talk about Australia’s unique quality assurance model and regulatory approach. She said Australia has 1.5 million higher education students, 171 higher education providers and is the third most popular international student destination.

“TEQSA’s regulatory approach is unique where it is both standards and risk based. Ultimately TEQSA’s role is to protect the quality of education for students. Australian higher education providers need to meet a range of high quality standards in the areas of legal, compliance and quality assurance in order to be able to be registered and offer accredited courses.”

She said TEQSA was collaborating internationally. “TEQSA is collaborating with international quality assurance agencies. We have already signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with more than 11 quality assurance agencies around the world and are currently building a network of global “critical friends.” Below are the agencies TEQSA has signed an MoU with.

Summit aspirations

The summit expressed aspirations to:

  • Co-operate among quality assurance networks and organisations to dissolve boundaries for quality higher education;
  • Endeavour to foster trust beyond borders in higher education quality assurance;
  • Share global information resources;
  • Promote values and ethical practices in quality assurance;
  • Share and promote good practices;
  • Strengthen capacity building;
  • Develop strategies and resources for next generation quality assurance in age of technology;
  • Resource mobilisation for quality assurance;
  • Strengthen professionalism in quality assurance.

Bengaluru Statement – 2016 called upon quality assurance networks, organizations and stakeholders of higher education to join hands and commit to work together to enhance quality in higher education in service of students and society. 

Global partners which attended

CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) from USA, ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) and ECA (European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education) from Europe, ANQAHE (Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) from Arab region, AQAN (ASEAN Quality Assurance Network) and APQR (Asia Pacific Quality Register) from Asia and leading quality agencies including QAA - UK (The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) from United Kingdom, TEQSA (The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) from Australia, QQA (National Authority of Qualifications and Quality Assurance for Education and Training) from Bahrain, and TEC (Tertiary Education Commission) from Mauritius, MQA (Malaysian Qualifications Agency) from Malaysia, AACCUP (The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines) from Philippines, HEEACT (Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan) from Taiwan,  NIAD-QE (National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement for Higher Education) from Japan, etc.