8 June 2022

AUN-QA Courtesy Visit to Indonesia: A milestone in the return of on-site activities

Patitin Lertnaikiat
AUN Programme Officer;

For the past two years, travel restrictions due to the pandemic have limited AUN events and activities to mostly being online. But now across the world, countries are beginning to open up and loosen travel restrictions. The ASEAN University Network (AUN) Secretariat saw this as a great opportunity to send the Quality Assurance (QA) team to three QA partnered Universities in Indonesia for a courtesy visit to discuss future plans among QA teams and to share upcoming events of interest.

The three partnered universities that were visited are:

  1. Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), in Yogyakarta
  2. Universitas Surabaya (UBAYA), in Surabaya
  3. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), in Malang

The five-day AUN-QA Courtesy Visit to the three universities took place in Indonesia from May 29 to June 3, 2022. The goal of the courtesy visit was to strengthen the partnership between the AUN-QA team with QA members of the partnered universities. To achieve this, the AUN-QA team had the opportunity to meet with various Directors of each university and engaged in fruitful discussions on the accreditation system, with a particular focus on how to improve the assessment process and quality assurance in Indonesia, as well as the universities’ future plans for the post-pandemic world.

The team also informed the universities of important upcoming AUN-QA events, activities, and projects, including:

  • The AUN-QA Training Course for Accomplishing Programme Assessment
  • Online Workshop on Writing Self-Assessment Report (SAR) for Successful AUN-QA Programme Assessment (Version 4.0)
  • AUN-QA International Conference
  • Global University Associations Forum (GUAF)
  • Onsite AUN-QA Assessment at Programme Level
  • Measuring and Comparing Achievements of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education in Asia (CALOHEA)

The Courtesy Visit marks the milestone for the return of on-site events for AUN two years since the pandemic lockdowns. In upcoming issues of our newsletter, the AUN-QA team will be sharing the insight and experience garnered from face-to-face discussions with our colleagues from the destinations universities in a three-part series, starting with Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), one of the oldest and largest institutions of higher education located in Yogyakarta. Joining the QA team is the AUN-BE team also visiting UGM for a special scholarship programme that will also be detailed in upcoming issues! Stay tuned to find out more about AUN-QA’s journey to Indonesia!