Quality is in the Eye of the Beholder:
Relevance, Credibility and International Visibility

09:00 - 16:00INQAAHE Board Meeting
09:00 - 16:00 Forum Registration
09:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00
Risk Based Regulation of the Australian Higher Education Sector

Mr Greg Simmons

Assistant Director
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia


Professor Angela Yung-Chi Hou

Executive Director
Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council, Taiwan (HEEACT)
Asia Pacific Quality Network

Professor Shaw Ren Lin
Dean, Office of Quality Assurance, Higher Education Evaluation &
Accreditation Council Taiwan

12:00 - 13:00Lunch
13:00 - 15:30WORKSHOP 3:

Dr David Woodhouse

Seychelles Qualifications Authority

Ronny Heintze
Senior-Consultant AQAS Agency
Quality Assurance by Accreditation of Study Programmes,
Quality of Courses – Measuring the Soft Skills in the Curriculum

Professor Sid Nair, Executive Director, Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius
Professor Arun Patil, Pro Vice-Chancellor/Pro President, Amity University Rajasthan, India

15:30 - 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00Networks Meeting

Dr Tashmin Khamis

Director, Network of Quality Assurance and Improvement
Director, Network of Teaching and Learning
Aga Khan University
Board Member, INQAAHE

Description: This is an interactive meeting meant for knowledge sharing between the Networks. Representatives of the Networks will make brief presentations of their activities and updates
08:00 - 16:00Forum Registration
09:00 - 10:00National Anthem of Republic of Mauritius

Welcoming Address

Professor Sid Nair, Executive Director, Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius

INQAAHE Presidential Address
Dr Susanna Karakhanyan, President, INQAAHE

Opening Address
The Hon. (Mrs) Leela Devi DOOKUN-LUCHOOMUN
Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary
Education and Scientific Research, Republic of Mauritius

Group Photo
10:00 - 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30Keynote Address 1

Quality and the Battle for Legitimacy: Discourses, Dependencies and Disputes

Professor Bjørn Stensaker, University of Oslo

11:30 - 13:00Topic 1

Quality as Recognition: Are We Still Relevant to Our Stakeholders?

Dr Susanna Karakhanyan, President, INQAAHE

World Café: Topic 1
13:00 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:30Topic 2

Exploring Prospects for Global Quality Assurance Register

Miss Pauline Tang, Vice-President, INQAAHE
Dr Jagannath Patil, Immediate Past President, INQAAHE

World Café: Topic 2
15:30 - 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00Summary of World Café Topics 1 and 2
17:00 - 17:15Rapporteur for Day 1: Dr Carol Bobby
19:00 - 22:00Gala Dinner

The TEC/INQAAHE Gala Dinner will take place at Le Meridien Hotel, Mauritius on Thursday 3 May, at 19:00 hours. All participants are invited to attend.
Note: The spouse of participants may attend the dinner and the cost is 2,000 MUR. The gala dinner is extended to adults only.
Onsite payment should be made by Thursday 3 May, 10:00 hours latest.
08:00 - 16:00Forum Registration
09:00 - 10:00Keynote Address 2

The Changing Landscape of Higher Education in Developing Economies: Challenges for Quality Assurance

Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius

Description: The landscape of higher education in developing economies is changing rapidly and dramatically. Student enrolment has increased significantly and will continue to increase as the economies develop and the demand for higher education increases. The number of private institutions now outnumber the public ones, even if public enrolment exceeds private enrolment. Globalisation has ushered in Cross Border Higher Education in all its forms. All these, and the pressure to align to global rankings, have serious implications on the quality of higher education, its relevance and its contribution to economic and social development locally. The presentation will examine some of the major issues the sector has to address and the challenges that these pose to Quality Assurance, both external and internal.
10:00 - 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:00Topic 3

Relevance & Credibility: How Do We Ensure Graduates of Today Are Ready for Tomorrow’s Jobs?

Professor Sid Nair, Executive Director, Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius

World Café: Topic 3


Mr. Kiran Bhujun, Director (Tertiary Education and Scientific Research), Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mauritius
Ms. Verna Pillay, Director of Public Affairs, African Leadership College, Mauritius
Dr. Kaviraj Sukon, Director General, Open University of Mauritius
12:00 - 12:30Summary of World Café Topic 3
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 14:30Special Address 1

Quality Assurance and the UNESCO Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications

Dr Andreas Snildal, Programme Specialist, Section of Higher Education, UNESCO

Description: UNESCO’s Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications, foreseen to be adopted in 2019, will be the first normative instrument with a global scope addressing quality assurance (QA), acknowledging that QA is both a prerequisite for building trust between universities and recognition authorities across the world and a driving force behind the mobility of learning and learners worldwide.

14:30 - 15:00Special Address 2

Academic Assessment and Trust in Online Provision: Quality Assurance Tools

Dr Esther Huertas Hidalgo, Senior Advisor, Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency
Dr Anna Elena Guerrero Roldan, Associate Professor, Open University of Catalonia

Description: The TeSLA project is carried out on QA processes aimed at assuring quality of an e-assessment system. Using authentication and authorship instruments, the outcomes will contribute to the enhancement of educational quality in different forms of e-learning provisions. Consequently, the resulting evidence on the achievement of learning outcomes and competencies will increase the trust and reliability of these forms of educational provision

15:00 - 15:30Special Address 3

Enhancing Academic Integrity – Progress on QAA’s Online Training

Dr Julian Ellis, Head of Assurance, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

Description: The QAA is developing capacity building training for higher education providers and quality assurance agencies worldwide, aimed at helping organisations combat the growing issue of contract cheating and essay mills. This presentation provides an update on the progress of this unique tool, expected to be released later in 2018.

15:30 - 15:45Rapporteur for Day 2: Dr Eddy Chong
15:45 - 16:15Coffee Break
16:15 - 16:45Recognition of Forum Speakers

Closing Remarks
16:45 - 18:30INQAAHE General Assembly
09:00 - 17:00INQAAHE Board Meeting
09:00 - 14:00Tour of Port Louis(Optional)*
The optional tour of the city centre, Port Louis is free for all delegates registered for INQAAHE Forum.
(Please confirm your participation)

*Pre-registration is required.
Please confirm your participation by sending an email to Mrs. N. Baguant (nbaguant@tec.mu)

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