4 May 2022

AUN-QA Revision Committee engaged in the first AUN-QA physical meeting held since the pandemic as Institution Assessment is set to return to action

AUN Writer Team

On 25 - 27 April 2022, ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) organised the AUN-QA Revision Meeting for the Guide to AUN-QA Assessment at Institutional Level, Version 3.0 at Pathumwan Princess Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. This event was the first time where there were onsite participants since the beginning of the outbreak of COVID-19 in late 2019. It also marks the first time that the AUN-QA has introduced a new practice of organising a hybrid meeting.

The meeting was hosted by the AUN-QA Secretariat while the representatives from AUN-QA Revision Committee participated both physically and remotely. The list of participants who attended the onsite meeting were (1) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Kay Chuan, Head of Revision Committee, (2) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ngo Van Thuyen, and (3)  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamolwan Lueprasert. They were all accommodated by the AUN-QA Secretariat during their 5-days stay in Bangkok. On the other hand (1) Prof. Dr. Fauza Ab. Ghaffar, (2) Prof. Dr. Satria Bijaksana, and (3) Prof. Dr. Wyona C. Patalinghug participated in the virtual meeting via Zoom from their respective countries.

In the meeting, the draft of the Guide to AUN-QA Assessment at Institutional Level was presented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Kay Chuan and revised by the AUN-QA Revision Committee. In summary, 111 Requirements have now been reduced to 59 and the Criteria have also been reduced from 25 to 15 criteria for the purpose of thorough and practical assessment. Each criterion has also been revised to ensure that all the stakeholders will be able to grasp the requirement and its purposes more clearly. The committee has also discussed several concerns regarding the implementation of the Guide and also how to organise AUN-QA activities in the future, especially those that are expected to be onsite activities.

After this meeting, the draft will be finalised before being proposed for endorsement by the AUN Board of Trustees. The Guide to AUN-QA Assessment at Institutional Level, then, will be adopted and implemented in the AUN-QA Institutional Assessment that is expected to be back in operation next year.