Joint capacity building project in Southeast Asia – DIES ASEAN – QA

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The DIES ASEAN-QA Project, which promoted regional quality assurance in Southeast Asia, was sealed by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the 4th July, 2011 in Bonn.

Started on 04 July 2011

The DAAD and HRK, the ASEAN University Network (AUN), the Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development in Southeast Asia (SEAMEO RIHED) and two networks of quality assurance agencies in Europe (ENQA) and Southeast Asia (AQAN) signed an agreement for the joint implementation of a capacity development project in the field of quality assurance (QA).

ASEA-QA served as a platform for exchange on internal and external QA procedures and as a means to strengthen regional QA structures in the ASEAN countries.

The primary aim of ASEAN-QA project was to assure and enhance the quality of study programmes and to facilitate the recognition of credits and degrees based on shared quality assurance principles and standards.

The project included multi-part training courses which were directed at QA coordinators at universities and officers of QA agencies in the ASEAN region. Both groups were trained by a team of international trainers from Europe and Asia.

The University of Potsdam coordinated the project on the German side.

ASEAN-QA formed part of the programme “Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies” (DIES) which was jointly conducted by DAAD and HRK since 2001. DIES supports universities in developing countries to evolve strategies in order to strengthen the quality and relevance of study programmes.

The project expected outcome was to strengthen the capacity for internal and external quality assurance (QA) through dialogue and training events for ASEAN-QA professionals based on regional standards.

For the list of events for the ASEAN-QA project please consult the project webpage.


AUN (ASEAN University Network): an association of 26 top universities in the ASEAN countries

AQAN (ASEAN Quality Assurance Network): a network of the quality assurance agencies in the ASEAN region

SEAMEO RIHED: the Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development under the umbrella of the Southeast Asian Education Ministries’ Office

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