AUN-QA Assessments: It’s ON(LINE)

By Buranond Kijwatanachai, Programme Officer
8 September 2020

This week marks an auspicious venture for the AUN-QA Network and, by extension, the ASEAN higher education sector. For the first time since February this year, AUN-QA returns to realizing its primary function of ensuring excellent quality assurance—but with a twist. The 178th Programme Assessment, conducted at Universitas Andalas, is done remotely through the use of digital technology.

After over half a year of careful deliberation and preparation, the AUN-QA is roaring back to life. With a strong assessor team assembled from across ASEAN; including Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam; Universitas Andalas will receive a true world-class service that embodies the AUN-QA’s collective dedication for delivering and developing quality assurance in ASEAN.

But this effort would not have been possible without the cooperation of Universitas Andalas and other AUN-QA Member Universities who will also be hosting AUN-QA Online/Remote Site Visits—not only because of their trust in the AUN-QA brand and what it stands for, but also because of their own preparation and contributions towards the success of this venture. Through this trust and cooperation, this truly novel venture will be fruitful.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Kay Chuan, a member of the AUN-QA Technical Team and the Chief Assessment Officer for the 178th AUN-QA Programme Assessment, helped open the assessment. He expressed his sincere appreciation to Universitas Andalas for believing in the online/remote site visit and for their unbridled efforts in making it a reality. He was there for their first assessment with AUN-QA and now he is there with them again for the first online/remote site visit. He also expressed gratitude towards the AUN-QA assessor team for their dedication and contribution towards the heightening of quality in ASEAN higher education.

Make no mistake. The AUN-QA Network has been challenged to its very limits by COVID-19. As an inter-governmental organization whose operations have relied heavily on air travel, remaining productive while being grounded has, at times, been an exercise in futility. In spite of the circumstances, the AUN-QA Network sees this challenge as a great opportunity. An opportunity to embrace the digital era as our assessments go online. To truly move forward into the future. Assessments are on(line). We are back.

Click here for Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Kay Chuan’s speech: