TrainIQA answers challenge for maintaining quality standards in period of dramatic change for ASEAN higher education

By Banjong Ujjin, Senior Programme Officer
19 October 2020

A part of the Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme, Training on Internal Quality Assurance (TrainIQA) is a training course that aims to strengthen national quality assurance capacities as well as promote the exchange and networking among regional higher education institutions. The course offers the opportunity for exchange and dialogue both within the ASEAN region and between European and Southeast Asian partners. The trainees are expected to become multipliers in the field of internal quality assurance within their own universities.

With an increasing demand for high quality education and higher student enrollment rates, ASEAN higher education in the past few years is characterized by dramatic change. These changes have made it difficult to maintain consistent quality making internal and external quality assurance systems all the more vital. This applies to both the national and regional levels. Developing regional quality assurance is vital to the ASEAN integration process, especially in terms of the comparability of student performance and degrees as well as increasing the mobility of students and academics within the region.

That is why TrainIQA targets both national level capacities as well as developing regional dialogues on quality assurance.

The training will be hands-on with a strong practical focus. The workshops will include mixed and interactive methods such as presentations by experts, peer-learning among the participants, case studies and individual feedback and mentoring.

Training timeline

September 2020 Online onboarding
5 - 9 October 2020 Workshop I (Online)
March 2021 Workshop II (Postdam, Germany)

After completion of the course, the participants are expected to be able to:

  • understand theoretical concepts of quality, QA and quality enhancement and have the ability to evaluate them according to the different visions and missions of HEIs,
  • design and carry out questionnaires and evaluations scientifically and to control the related processes
  • apply appropriate techniques and scientific methods to reflect upon the results of quality assurance and to establish a quality loop with follow-up-processes on all levels of a HEI,
  • deal with the requirements of quality assurance of study programmes and their revision, including the linkage to external quality assurance,
  • recognise cross connections between quality development, staff development and organisational development,
  • formulate ideas about how quality culture can be developed at the institutional level,
  • structure a project in the form of a project action plan