Presentation on theme: "Dr Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela Senior Specialist"— Presentation transcript:
1 "The ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework: Guide to Quality Assurance in ASEAN 2015" Dr Ethel Agnes P. ValenzuelaSenior SpecialistSoutheast Asian Minsters of Education OrganizationRegional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH)
2 THE ASEAN QUALIFICATIONS REFERENCE FRAMEWORK The trend of economic globalisation, the cross-border movement of labour is also steadily increasing.The governments need to develop common and transparent regional standards as an important step towards enhancing student and labour mobility.This need can be clearly seen in the Asia-Pacific region, as the ASEAN Economic Community is expected to be established by 2015.
3 GOALS OF ASEAN NQFNational Qualifications Frameworks for ASEAN that aims to harmonise regulatory arrangements between participating countries, which underpin the recognition of qualifications and quality of assurance of education provision through the development of mutually comparable national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) based on a common reference framework.
4 Historical Notes Present AERP ASEAN MRAs Washington Accord 1996- 2000 Phil as a leader in MRA negotiation-WTOGATTSAPECASEANEUUNESCOPresentAERPASEAN MRAsWashington AccordEU efforts (Bologna Accord)
5 What we have now: The Philippine Education System From 10 to 12
12 Take on the ASEAN RQFThe necessity of developing NQFs under a long-term and comprehensive reform strategy, attaching a high premium to related policy measuresThe need for quality assurance systems and teacher trainingThe importance of fostering the deeper involvement and stronger capacity-building of all stakeholders in the NQF process, including development partners, employers and trade unions and all sectors of civil society.
13 Take on the ASEAN NQFKnowledge sharing - There should be a sustained efforts towards mutual learning among states must be intensified through peer reviews and peer learning.Dialogue- There is a need for sustained regional-level discussions on establishing a Regional Qualifications Framework
14 Pre-requisites for an ASEAN QF (RQF) The importance of government agencies support for the RQF for the successful development and implementationLegislationA national development strategyAdequate resourcing for RQF- budget appropriateHow to promote cooperation of all stakeholders
15 Issues and ChallengesQuality Assurance- Comparability of academic preparationsAccess to Information -Presence of National Information Center to offer to the RegionExtent of Openness - flexibility of government for cross-border credentialing systemTimeliness - acting proactively on the information required for accreditation and equivalency
16 Issue # 1: Quality Assurance Presence of accreditation system with globally accepted standardsPhilippines has a long history of leadership in accreditationDisparity in standards among accrediting bodiesLow number of institutions with accreditationHaving a regional affiliation in specific fieldsCost and benefit of accreditation to the institutions and to the graduates
17 Issue # 2: InformationOverseas Recognition bodies need a centralized Education Information CenterUNESCO Toolkit on National Information CentersUNESCO Toolkit on the Recognition of Higher Education QualificationsUNESCO Guidelines on Transnational and DOLDEThe Philippines has no NIC yet- but CHED has committed in 2011 to set up one.
18 Issue # 3: Flexibility Making more HEIs flexible, open and innovative Comparability of Philippine higher education programs and standardsCHED to continue to send experts to make our higher education programs comparable with international standardsInstitutions to harness technology for global comparability of educational programs and servicesReview of internationalization policiesRestrictions in terms of legislationNational legislations at times restricts MRAMaking more HEIs flexible, open and innovative
19 Issue # 4- Timeliness Infrastructure support National regulations existsWhen to address the bottlenecks?Infrastructure supportPromoting ICT-based solutions in a timely fashionPromoting cross-border exchange without limitations of “rank/level”-Process improvement in MRAs
20 Phil Response Curriculum Planning Development of Qualifications Qualifications RegisterQuality AssuranceAccreditation of Education ProvidersCertification of graduatesInternational Alignment
21 URGENT RESPONSENeed to have a dedicated champion to promote the cause of MRAs in the region.Need to have a sustained support and effort from HEIs, CHED, PRC and DOLE to promote Global Citizens who can share their talents freely whenever, wherever and whoever!!