ASEAN-QA – a joint initiative by AUN, AQAN, DAAD, ENQA, HRK, SEAMEO-RIHED – aims at strengthening the capacity for internal and external quality assurance (QA) through dialogue and training events forASEAN-QA professionals based on regional standards. Higher education gains more and more strategic relevance for the viability of national and regional economic systems. Higher education today is characterized by universities' competition for the best students and researchers, and by the need for developing and sustaining high quality services at institutional and national/ regional levels. Current development goals refer to international competitiveness in order to prevent brain drain of Asian high performing students and researchers.
Convergence of higher education systems, strengthening of mutual recognition of degrees and harmonization of quality development policies as well as creation of trust between universities and sharing of good practice in the field of QA are of major importance in this context. The figure below shows the Module-Schedule of the ASEAN-QA Training Course. The workshop is divided into two target groups: Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) and External Quality Assurance (EQA). The peers adressed by the IQA Track are university leaderships, university staff and the universites' QA- Officers. The EQA workshop was designed for national accreditation agencies staff and ministry of education representatives.
Since the ASEAN-QA Training Course was conducted over the past three years, participants have won plenty of new knowledge at workshops held in five different countries. The IQA and EQA Training Workshops have been organized in several cities from Bangkok to Potsdam.