Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications in Asia and the Pacific 2015
Over the past two decades, significant changes have reshaped the landscape of higher education in Asia and the Pacific, including the rapid growth of both private and public providers, expansion of cross‐border higher education, the development of national qualifications frameworks (NQF), and assessment tools to measure learning outcomes. These trends present new challenges to ensure that qualifications in higher education are both relevant and recognized in a fair and transparent way.
During the 13th Session of the Regional Committee on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications in Asia and the Pacific, held in August 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Member States called on UNESCO to provide technical guidance on ratification procedures and, more broadly, to help raise awareness about the strategic importance of the Asia‐Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education, which was adopted in Tokyo, Japan on 26 November 2011.
Building on the request for capacity building at national level, UNESCO will host a three‐day interactive workshop from 21 to 23 October 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand for Member States and key stakeholders to review ratification procedures and assess the role of the 2011 Revised Convention in the context of their national higher education systems. To do so, basic principles related to the recognition of qualifications, partial studies, and qualifications held by refugees and other displaced persons will be explored as part of a broader debate about implementation mechanisms, strategies and procedures for ratifying the 2011 Revised Convention.
Objectives of the workshop
- Conduct a pre‐workshop survey to document needs and readiness levels of participating Member States related to the 1983 Convention and 2011 Revised Convention.
- Raise awareness and build national‐level capacity to ratify and implement regional conventions. In partnership with workshop participants, UNESCO will develop a tailored advocacy brief that explains the strategic importance, support mechanisms (e.g. National Information Centres), and technical procedures for ratifying the 2011 Revised Convention based on national contexts.
- Develop a regional status report and implementation plan for Asia‐Pacific in preparation for the 14th Regional Committee meeting in 2016.
For further information, please contact:
- Mr. Libing Wang, APEID Coordinator, Senior Programme Specialist in Higher Education, UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Regional Bureau for Education - Email: email@example.com
- Ms. Eunsun Lee, Associate Programme Specialist, APEID Unit, UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Regional Bureau for Education - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Wesley Teter, Senior Consultant, APEID Unit, UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Regional Bureau for Education - Email: email@example.com
- Concept Note (.pdf - 180kb)
- Programme (.pdf - 338kb)
- Information Note (.pdf - 313kb)
Organiser: UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, Thailand
Venue: Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand
Overview of the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education - 2011 Revised Convention - Libing Wang, APEID Coordinator & Senior Programme Specialist in Higher Education, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, Thailand - (.pdf ~770kb)
Panel Discussion: The Nature of the Regional Conventions and their Benefits and Relevance to Cross-Border Mobility of Students in Asia-Pacific
⇒ Liz Campbell-Dorning, Director, Qualifications Recognition Policy, International Mobility Branch, International Group, Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Australia - (.pdf ~620kb)
⇒ Morshidi Sirat, Professor Dato' Dr, Director, Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility, Penang, Malaysia - (.pdf ~1.7mb)
Pre-workshop Survey: Regional trends, needs and readiness levels related to the 2011 Revised Convention - Wesley Teter, Senior Consultant, UNESCO Bangkok, Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education) - (.pdf ~1.2mb)
Technical procedures to ratify the 2011 Revised Convention
⇒ Libing Wang, Senior Programme Specialist in Higher Education, UNESCO Bangkok Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education - (.pdf ~515kb)
⇒ Liz Campbell-Dorning, Director, Qualifications Recognition Policy, International Mobility Branch, International Group, Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Australia - (.pdf ~350kb)
Implementation tools of the 2011 Revised Convention
⇒ Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela, Deputy Director for Programme and Development, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand - (.pdf ~1mb)
⇒ Establishment of NIC for Qualification Recognition in Korea - Seon-Joo Kim, Research Fellow, Korean Council for University Education (KCUE) - (.pdf ~590kb)
⇒ Asian National Information Centres Coordinating Website - Liu Yu, Verification Division China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre - (.pdf ~1.6mb)
Panel Discussion: What UNESCO can do to support ratification and implementation: Reviewing and adapting a draft advocacy brief to support national action plans
⇒ Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela, Deputy Director for Programme and Development, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand - (.pdf ~140kb)