Welcome To APQN - Asia Pacific Quality Network

2018 APQN Academic Conference (AAC)

March 22-25, 2018, Le MERIDIAN, Mihan, Nagpur, India

Capacity Building (CB) for Next- Generation Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Host: The Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)

Local Host: Shri Shivaji Education Society Amravati’s Science

College (SSESASC) and Dhanwate National College (DNC), India



Day 1: Thursday, March 22, 2018

  T   i   m   e               Pre-conference Events  
                  Registration for 2018APQN Academic Conference
12:00 – 19:30           Chair: Local Organizer
              Venue: Entrance Lobby
            CommitteeMeeting   Topic: 2017 Finance Report and 2018 Budget
16:00 – 17:00     TheFinance   Venue: Senate
      Participants: 1) All the Members of APQN Finance Committee; 2)Special
                  guest(s) from the host of 2018 AAC; 3)Special guest(s) from the host of
                  2019 AAC
                  Chair: Prof. Angela Hou Yung-Chi, APQN Vice-President; Executive Director
                  of Higher education evaluation & accreditation council of Taiwan(HEEACT),
                  Chinese Taibei
                  Topic: 2017 Report and Preparation of 2018 AAC &AGM
17:00 – 19:00           Venue: Senate
            Participants: All APQN Board Members & representatives from the local
           First Board Meeting      
                  Chair: Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang, APQN President; Chief Expert of Yunnan
                  Higher Evaluation Center (YHEEC), China
        APQR Council Meeting   Topic: APQR Report in 2017 and Plan for 2018
19:00 – 19:30       Venue: Senate
      Participants: the Members of APQR Council
          Chair: Dr. Jagannath Patil, APQR Chairperson, former APQN President,
          advisor of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India

                Day 2: Friday, March 23, 2018
  T   i m   e             Conference Events  
  8 : 0 0 – 9 : 0 0     Registration for the APQN Conference  
      Venue: Entrance lobby  
                  Venue: Jubilee
                  Part IOpening Address
                  1. Introduction from the Host by the Local Organizing Committee by Dr
                  Devendra Burghate, Principal, SSESASC (5 min.)
                  2. Opening Speech by Sid Nair, TEC Director, Mauritius (5 min.)
                  3. Welcome remarks by Prof Mohan de Siva, Chairman of University Grants
                  Commission (UGC), and senior r professor of Peradeniyathe University, Sri
                  Lanka (5 min.)
                  4. Welcome remarks by Dr Jagannath Patil, National Assessment and
          -     Accreditation Council of India (5 min.)
9:30 - 10:30       Ceremony     Part II: Theme Address & APQN Publication Release
                  1. Welcome Remarks &Theme Address by Jianxin Zhang, APQN President (20
            Opening     min.)
                Motova. (3 min.)
                  2. Release of “APQN Procedure Manual” by Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang (3 min.)
                  3. Release of the publication of APQN 2017 Proceedings by Dr. Galina
                  4. Release of 2 Volumes of HEED in 2017 by Prof. Angela Hou Yung-Chi ( 3
                  Part III:
                  Presidential remarks by the Chair: Former Minister Shri Harshavardhan
                  Deshmukh, President, Shri Shivaji Education Society, India (10 Minutes)
  10:30 –10:50             Group Photo (organized by local host)  
  10:50 – 11:20              
              Morning Tea Break  
                  Venue: Jubilee
            Speech     Topic: Capacity Building: The Changing Landscape of Higher Education – A
11:20 – 12:20         Need to Change?
                  Keynote Speaker: Prof. Sid Nair, Executive Director of Tertiary Education
            Keynote     Commission, Mauritius
                Chair and Commentator: Jagannath Patil, APQR Chairperson, former APQN
                  President, advisor of National Assessment and Accreditation Council
                  (NAAC), India
  12:20 – 13:30             Buffet  
            Session1     Venue: Jubilee
                Panel Speakers:
                  Topic: Capacity Building of National Quality Assurance Agencies
            Plenary     1. Road to China's World-Class Universities & Programme Evaluation by
13:30 – 14:30           HUANG Baoyin, Director-General of China Academic Degrees and Graduate
                  Education Development Center (CDGDC), China.

              2. An Insight into the Conduct of Successful Program Reviewsthe Sri Lankan
              Experience byProf. Dr. Deepthi C. Bandara, Director of Quality Assurance
              and Accreditation Council of University Grants Commission(UGC), Sri Lanka
              Chair and Commentator: Prof Mohan de Siva, Chairman of University Grants
              Commission (UGC),senior r professor of Peradeniyathe University, Sri Lanka
              Topic:International, Regional and National Quality Assurance
              Panel Speakers:    
14:30 – 15:30         1.Capacity building in quality assurance in Samoa and the small states of the
        Session2     South Pacificby Dr. Emma Kruse Vaai, Chief Executive Officer of Samoa
            2. Capability-Building Best Practices, and What Else Went WrongbyDr.
        Plenary     Qualifications Authority, Samoa.    
            Manuel T.Corpus, APQN Board Member& Founding President and Executive
              Director of AACCUP; Dr, Maria, Glenda O. De Lara, AACCUP Board Member,
              Graduate Faculty of Phil Normal University, Philippines    
              Chair and Commentator:Dr. Manuel Corpus(APQN Board member, Founding
              President of AACCUP)    
  15:30– 16:00             Afternoon Tea& Change over    
              Session 1:   Session 2:Workshop
                Sub-them 1-2:Capacity Building of QAAs & HEIs   1- APQN Quality
              Venue: Jubilee   Register(APQR)
              1. Competence-Based Learning Outcome: More   Venue: Anchor
              Effective Quality Assurance and More International      
        1-2     Harmonization of Higher Educationby Toru           Chair:Dr. Jagannath
            Takenaka, Director of the Research Department, the       Patil (APQR )
            2.Agency for Science and Higher Education Internal     Chairperson, former
              National Institution of Academic Degrees and Quality    
              Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE), Japan     APQN President)
        Parallel     QA SystembyVesna Dodiković-Jurković, Jasmina      
              Havranek, Emita Blagdan, Croatia      
              3. Indonesia Accreditation for Higher Education In      
              Health (IAHEH): Support the Interprofessional Clinical      
              Practiceby DR. DewiIrawaty, secretary of Indonesia      
              Accreditation Agency for Higher Education in Health      
              Chair: Prof. Farida NurmanbetovaF. Kazakh, Russian      
              Medical University, Kazakhstan      
  17:00 - 17:05             Change over    
        -4       Session 3: Session
              Sub-them 3:Capacity Building in Institutional 4:Workshop 2-
17:05– 18: 00         &Professional Accreditation Capability-Building
              Venue: Jubilee of Assessors
        Parallel     Speakers: Venue: Anchor
            1.Institutional Accreditation Mechanism and Future    
              Challengesby Dr. Chun-chi Chih, Chinese Taipei Chair: Dr. Manuel
              2.World-Class Universities and Subjects Evaluation: Corpus

    Methods and Results -Based on the evaluation (APQN Board member,
    practice of Research Centre for China Science Founding President of
    Evaluationby Qiu Junping, Jing Tian, China Accrediting Agency of
    3.The Development of Institutional and Professional Chartered Colleges and
    Accreditation in Russiaby Oxana Matveeva, Deputy Universities in the
    Head of the Accreditation Office of the National Philippines (AACCUP)
    Centre for Public Accreditation (NCPA), Russia  
    4.Educational Effectiveness; Higher Education  
    Institutions (HEIs) Accomplishing its Goalsby Ms.  
    Malini Nair, Fiji  
    Chair: Ms. Malini Nair (APQN Board Member  
  1. Seated Dinner  
18:00-20:00 2. APQN Quality Award Ceremony  
  Venue: Jubilee  
  Chair:Master Ceremony, and APQN Board Members  


Day 3: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Venue: Jubilee
  T   i   m   e                 Conference Events      
              Topic: Management Capacity between Program Accreditation and
              Institutional Audit      
              Panel Speakers:      
9:00 – 10:20         1. The Obvious Answer to the Question, Which Comes "First", Programs or
        3     Institutions? by Prof. SyunTutiya, Research Department, National Institution  
        Session     for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-  
            QE), Japan          
        Plenary     2.. Role of Program Accreditation in QA at institutional level by Ms.
            AsikinYahya, Norasikinbinti Yahya Director Malaysia Quality Assurance
              Training Centre (MQATC), MQA, Malaysia      
              3. How does BAN PT manage institutional and program accreditation in an
              effective way?By Dr. S. SiSugiyono, Board Member, BAN PT, Indonesia
              Chair and Commentator:Prof. Angela Hou Yung-chi APQN Vice-President;
              Executive Director of Higher education evaluation & accreditation council of
              Taiwan(HEEACT), Chinese Taibei      
              TopicEmerging issues in Indian higher education and accreditation
10:20 – 11:30         1.Higher Education in India: Issues and Concernsby Dr. D K Burghate& D W
        Session4     Deshkar, Principal ofSSES Amt’s Science College, Congress Nagar, India
            2. Paradigm Shift in Indian Higher Education Accreditation – Dr Jagannath
              Patil, Fformer APQN President, Advisor of National Assessment and
        Plenary     Accreditation Council (NAAC), India and Prof VS Chatpalli, Adviser, NAAC,
              Chair and Commentator: Prof B A Chopade, Vice-Chancellor , Dr BAM
              University , Aurangabad, India      
  11:30 – 11:50                
                Morning Tea Break & Change over

                    Session 5: International CB Session
                    Sub-them 4:Capacity Building in International, Regional 6:Workshop
                    &National QA 3-APQN
                    Venue: Jubilee Label(APQL)
                    1.Transparency and Social Responsibility of Higher  
11:50-12:50         5-6     Education Institutions in Terms of Quality Assurance Venue: Anchor
                Information: Taiwan’sexperienceby Ping-Chuan Hsu,  
            Sessions     (APQN
                South Koreaby Dr. OH, Ye-Jin, South Korea
                    Chinese Taipei Chair:Prof. Dr.
            Parallel     2. Quality Assurance of Higher Education Institutions in Jianxin Zhang
                3. Capacity Building of Peer Reviewers by Mr. Sam C. K. President,
                    HO, Hong Kong, China APQL Project
                    4.Independent Assessment of Qualifications as an Element leader ) &
                    of the National System for External Education Quality Prof. Angela
                    Assuranceby Vera Silaeva (Azaryeva) , Aleksandra Hou Yung-chi
                    Zvezdova , Arkady Vladimirtsev, Irina Dolgikh, Russia APQN Vice-
                    Chaired. Vera Silaeva (Senior Specialist of Certification  
                    Association “Russian Register”, Russia)  
  12:50 – 13:30               Buffet  
                  Topic: Capacity Building of Information and Transnational Education
13:30 – 14:30         Panel Speakers:  
                  1.Informationization of Higher Education Quality Assurance in Chinaby Li Yan
                  & Sun Ying, Higher Education Evaluation Center of the Ministry of
          Session5     Education(HEECMoE), China  
              Higher Education (QAA), United Kingdom  
                  2.The Quality Assurance of Transnational Education: a UK Perspective by Dr.
          Plenary     Fabrizio Trifiro, International Manager, the Quality Assurance Agency for
              3. Quality Assurance Agencies and Professional Accreditors in Asian Nations
                  and Their Roles on Qualification Recognition and Student MobilityBy Angela
                  Yung Chi Hou, etc. Executive Director of HEEACT, Chinese Taibei
                  Chair and Commentator: Dr. Galina Motova, APQN Board Member, Deputy
                  Director of National Centre for Public Accreditation(NCPA), Russian

14:30 – 15:10 Conference Closing

1. Announcement of the next host of 2019 AAC by APQN President and Presentation by the Host Prof Mohan de Siva, Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), senior professor of Peradeniya the University, Sri Lanka (15 min.)

  1. APQN-UCG Agreement and other MoU signed (10 min.)
  1. Closing Remarks by the Chair of the Programme Committee
  1. Closing Remarks by the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC)(5 min.)
  1. Comments, feedback, acknowledgements from the participants while evaluation survey is done by the participants, such as subsidized persons(15 min.)

Chair: Dr. Jagannath Patil, Immediate Past APQN President

 1. Afternoon Tea 15:10 - 15:30

2. Registration for the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

              Venue: Jubilee
15:30 – 16:30   Meeting       (APQN members only)
          1. Welcome to new members in 2017 by awarding APQN Member
              Certificate & their short introductions by APQN Secretariat(10min.)
              2. Report from APQN President by Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang (15min.)
    General (AGM)   3. Report from APQN Vice-President by Prof. Angela Hou Yung-Chi (10
              4. Report from APQN Secretary/Treasurer by Prof. Dr. Li Yaogang (10
    Annual       min.)
          6. Feedback on the Sustainable Development of APQN from the
              5. Report on APQR by Dr. Jagannath Patil (10 min.)
              Participants (5 min.)
              Chair:Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang, APQN President
              Topic: APQN Strategic Plan and Agenda for 2018-2019
  of 2019 AAC
16:30 – 18:30 Second Board Meeting     Venue: Senate
              Participants: 1)All APQN Board Members; 2)Special guest(s) from the host
              Chair: Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang, APQN President
17:30 – 18:30              


Day 4: Sunday, March 25, 2018

  T   i   m e     Post-Conference Events  
          Excursion to Nagpur
9 : 0 0 - 1 2 : 0 0     Venue: Two optional tours available including Buddhist Stupa and Gandhi
    SevaGram. Details will be given at Registration desk.
          Local Organizing Committee
1 2 : 0 0 - 1 3 : 0 0     Buffet

Notes: The AAC and Excursion are open to all participants while AGM is forAPQN members only.



At Local Organizing Committee:

Dr. D W Deshkar Tel: +919503424416 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;Add.: Shri Shivaji

Education Society Amravati’s Science College

Dr. R D Bhelkar Tel: +919421805970 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;Add.: Dhanwate

National College.





























 Call for IQA survey and EQAA survey

Dear  All:

Greeting from APQN Secretariat!

The establishment of genuine quality culture both in internal quality assurance (IQA and external quality assurance (EQA) is the guarantee of sustainable quality for the next-generation quality assurance in higher education.

In order to improve the establishment of quality culture in the Asia-Pacific Region as well as the regions in the whole world, INQAAHE-APQN jointed to carry out a survey titled “Quality Assurance: Internal and External Quality Assurance Landscape”. The survey consists of two surveys: the IQA survey is for higher education institutions (HEIs); the EQAA survey is for quality assurance agencies (QAAs).The questionnaire is made up of the following 5 parts:

1) the Operations and Impacts of Internal/External Quality Assurance; 2) National Qualification Framework (NQF); 3) Quality Assurance of Doctoral Programme; 4) Quality Assurance of Distance Education; and 5) Quality Culture.Please click the following linkage to fill in the questionnaire:

EQA Survey for QAAhttps://www.wenjuan.in/s/y6Nnmi/

IQA Survey for HEIs:https://www.wenjuan.in/s/Enyumi/

We appreciate your active participation in this survey. Great thanks for your support and contribution!

              APQN Project Group
             APQN Secretariat




call for paper


2018 APQN New Year Greeting

Dear APQN members, dear colleagues & friends:


In a few days, the bell of New Year will be ringing. We’ll say goodbye to the year of 2017 & greet the first ray of sunlight from 2018. On the occasion of New Year, APQN Board members, we are extending our festival greetings & best wishes to 204 members & your families, extending our sincere appreciation & deep respect to those who care & support the development of APQN! We would like to thank you personally for your continual support of our goal of “Dissolving Boundaries for a Quality Region".

Looking back in the year of 2017, we are very proud. This year, APQN entered its 14-year-old blooming age,showing its vibrant, vigorous tendency of sustainable development.

This very year, 2017 AAC & AGM was co-hosted by NCPA on 25-28 May in Moscow in Russia under the theme of “New Horizons: Dissolving Boundaries for a Quality Region" with 114 participants from 27 countries & regions. 6 members were awarded at Quality Award Ceremony. 86% of the participants are satisfied with AAC & have positive impressions & unforgettable experience.

This very year, “APQN Procedure Manual (version 3)” with 14 chapters was completed & released in November. It is the product of the Self-fundraising Project titled “APQN’s Sustainable Development”, acting as administration rules for APQN, lays guidelines for its function, & will make APQN working smooth, question free & transparent & benefit for its sustainable development. Meanwhile we’ve completed new website.

This very year, the International Conference on “New Developments of Teaching & Learning Quality Assurance” was jointly organized by MPI & APQN on 22-23 November in Macao. More than 30 renowned experts from U.K, Portugal & other 9 countries & regions gathered to discuss the various factors affecting the quality of teaching & learning & to present the latest innovations & frontier QA developments.

This very year, “Russian Register” (RR) & NCPA in the Russian Federation have been approved for inclusion on APQR. In July & November, two review panels did on-site visit to RR & desk-review to NCPA. Based on its review results, RR & NCPA have been accepted onto APQR.

This very year, APQN published “APQNews (Issue 15)” & “APQNews (Issue 16)” with a total of 53 articles. Higher Education Evaluation & Development (HEED), APQN membership journal, jointly published in Emerald Publishing Group by HEEACT & APQN, has published 2 volumes of 8 academic papers.

This year, APQN took part in the following events: “the 30th Annual National Conference of AACCUP”, UNESCO-ICHEI’s “Regional Conference on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Asia‐Pacific” in Shenzhen, “INQAAHE-APQN Survey on the Landscape of IQA & EQA”, “Application for Erasmus-plus-Programme of INTEGRA”, “Faculty & Staff: Creating Universities for Students” hosted by NIAD-QE in Tokyo, “the 4th Training Workshop of Program Evaluators” by NAEAC in Pakistan…

New Year’s footsteps are approaching; APQN will also enter its new year. There is no doubt that in the upcoming New Year, APQN will face more difficulties & challenges, but will also face new opportunities. Strength & weakness co-exist; opportunity & threat go hand in hand. Based on the solid foundation of APQN’s 14-year development, together with all members, APQN will work harder for our mission. APQN is sure to achieve the ideal of sustainable development.

Finally, on the New Year’s Day, APQN Board sincerely wishes all members “Happy New Year”, 12 months of happiness & good health, 52 weeks of love & prosperity, 365 days of non-stop fun. & See you in APQN Annual Conference in Nagpur in India!

Sincerely yours:

APQN Board
Jianxin Zhang 
Angela Hou Yung-chi 
Li Yaogang 
Jagannath Patil 
Manuel Corpus 
Zita Mohd Fahmi
Galina Motova 
Malini Nair-Prasad








Prof Dr. Jianxin Zhang
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The Fifth President of APQN

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