On 6 – 8 February 2017, Mr. Ekaphong Lauhathiansind, Senior Expert, Mrs. Khanidtha Jaroonchon, Head of Policy and Strategy Bureau, and Dr. Natthayanee Chantaplaboon, Foreign Relations Officer of the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment or ONESQA were invited to observe the 4th SHARE National Workshop at the Intercontinental Jakarta MidPlaza Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia.
There were about 140 participants attending the workshop which consisted of keynote speeches, panel discussions and training sessions. The workshop aimed to create understanding and awareness of the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) and the ASEAN Quality Assurance Framework (AQAF) and share experiences among the educators, graduate users as well as the students.
In the afternoon of 6 February 2017, the ONESQA Delegates attended the meeting with the delegates from the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to discuss about the National Workshop that will be held in Thailand during 31 August – 1 September 2017. Dr. Susanne Liermann, DAAD Project Manager said that she was impressed with the preparation of the Workshop and she and her team are ready to collaborate such as inviting European speakers and financial support. She believed that the National Workshop that will be held in Thailand will be beneficial to the Thai educators and help facilitating Thai education towards regional harmonisation.
On 7 February 2017, Mr. Ekaphong Lauhathiansind, Senior Expert of ONESQA was invited to be a panelist for the session ‘Generating Trust between ASEAN Members States: Benefits of Regional Frameworks and the Importance of Alignment’ with Prof. Zita Mohd Fahmi, the Senior Expert of Malaysian Qualifications Agency, Secretary of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network, and Chair of the SHARE Expert Working Group QA; Kyi Shwin, Rector of Yangon University of Foreign Languages and Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO, Myanmar; and Ari Junaidi, Director of Quality Assurance, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia and SHARE Focal Point. The session was chaired by Mr. Michel Hörig, from SHARE. The participants were interested in the alignment of the national qualifications to the regional qualifications, how it benefits higher education and the practical guideline for the alignment. The panelists responded that the regional frameworks, currently, play important roles on the higher education of member countries and they are learning how to align their national framework to the regional one. The alignment is like a medium language and tool where education from various countries can communicate. This also strengthens the collaboration of the member countries, facilitating the student mobility. It also will benefit universities because universities will be recognized at the regional level. The chair concluded that the success of the regional harmonisation depended on several factors. Importantly, the member countries must collaborate and align themselves with the regional framework simultaneously and their political policy must also support the alignment.