APQN Partners with QASPIR to offer a new Professional Development service to members

APQN Partners with QASPIR to offer a new Professional Development service to members.

June 14, 2021


APQN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the QASPIR (Quality Assurance Strategic Planning Institutional Research) to offer professional development opportunities to its members.

The MoU aims to enhance collaboration between the two organizations and to leverage QASPIR’s professional development platform Qedex.  The partnership will broaden the scope of professional development offerings to APQN members and provide a diverse range of hybrid and online training programs geared towards career education institutions. The MoU also calls for strengthening cooperation through mutually promoting each party’s offerings, webinars, and other networking events.

Mr. Stuart Blacklock, CEO of QASPIR, shared, "Our partnership with APQN comes very naturally as both our organizations provide complementing services.  It comes when professional development is becoming more accepted as a way to improve how students learn and improve institutional performance.  With our focus on leadership, faculty, and staff professional development through our platform Qedex, combined with APQNs commitment to supporting their member's institutions, we can offer a unique and compelling opportunity.  We both believe an institution is only as good as its people, and with both APQN and QASPIRs strong reputation, we will continue to assist institutions in their pursuit of improved student learning, retention and graduation.

Prof/Dr. Jianxin Zhang, President of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) stated, “We are thrilled to partner with QASPIR to expand our professional development offerings to members. This collaboration comes at a time when our institutions are navigating transitions back to the classroom while continuing to develop and enhance hybrid learning. Our institution leaders and faculty are charged with the teaching and development of our students and APQN’s is proud to offer this new partnership to invest in their professional development. “   


Qedex is a unique platform whose vision is equitable, accessible, and affordable professional development in higher education. With this partnership, APQN members can enroll their faculty and staff at a specially agreed rate that provides unlimited access to courses over a one-year period.  Qedex will be adding hundreds of courses over the next three years focusing on leadership as well as faculty and staff development.  With institutions joining from all around the world, affordability of professional development is a global challenge that creates several barriers to career development.   The Qedex vision is a solution for institutions facing these challenges.


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