Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Proceedings of an International Conference Hong Kong, 1991

Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Proceedings of an International Conference Hong Kong, 1991

Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Proceedings of an International Conference Hong Kong, 1991

Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Proceedings of an International Conference Hong Kong, 1991

Synopsis

Examines systems of quality assurance in higher education from countries around the world. Authors from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Sweden, the UK, the US and the EC describe a range of international developments and offer varying perspectives on quality assurance in higher education.

Excerpt

In July 1991 the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (HKCAA) hosted an invitation conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education. Over 100 senior representatives from accreditation bodies and from higher education attended and spent three days in discussion of quality assurance issues. Delegates came from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Edited versions of the formal presentations appear in this publication; together they offer a review of international developments in quality assurance in higher education.

The conference was opened by His Excellency Sir David Wilson, gcmg, the Governor of Hong Kong, who spoke of the major expansion of tertiary education provision in Hong Kong, which involves doubling the number of first year first degree places between 1990 and 1994. He stressed the importance of maintaining and wherever possible raising academic standards, and the role of the hkcaa in meeting this challenge.

Conference participants were welcomed by Dr David Bethel, Chairman of the hkcaa, and Dr Raymond Ho, Chairman of the Conference Organising Committee, and also by the Honorable John Chan, the Hong Kong Secretary for Education and Manpower. All stressed the value of international links. in the context of world-wide changes in higher education and increasing student mobility, they emphasized the need to extend knowledge and understanding of different quality assurance systems.

With this in mind, an International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) was launched during the conference. the publication of these conference proceedings is intended to disseminate current ideas and information on quality assurance in higher education, and to facilitate further exchange of views.

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