Contributed by Dr Edizon Fermin, Miriam College
Through the support of the British Council, a four-member delegation represented the Philippines at the UK-East Asia Forum on Joint Quality Assurance (QA) in Transnational Education (TNE) on October 22, 2018 at the Hotel Impiana KLCC in Kuala Lumpur. The event forms part of “THINK TNE – East Asia Transnational Education Dialogue Series” throughout October 2018, a partnership with the Quality Assurance Association (QAA) of the United Kingdom.
Education QA assurance agencies and policy reform specialists from East Asia and the UK discussed issues and concerns relative to efficient oversight of TNE delivery. Country presentations included the experiences of the Philippines which were shared by Dr. Adlai Castigador, Executive Director of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation, Inc. (PACUCOA) and Dr. Edizon Fermin, Director for Innovation Development, Miriam College. PACUCOA currently chairs the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) with which the British Council in Manila is coordinating to address QA issues to sustain the engagement of institutions who have recently opened TNE programs through the Joint Development of Niche Programmes (JDNP) with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The other members of the team are PACUCOA President and Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Manila Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Conrado Iñigo and British Council – Manila Education Head Ms. Lotus Postrado. Another Philippine expert in QA, Ms. Concepcion V. Pijano, former Executive Director of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) and now International Consultant for Accreditation and Member of the EU-SHARE Expert Working Group and Advisory Council of CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) was also present to discuss QA reform initiatives in the ASEAN.