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Asean University Network Quality-Assurance (AUN-QA) - Department of Biology

AUN-QA Document


Introduction to AUN-QA

In this globalized  world,  higher educational  institutions not  only have to meet the increasing  market demand  for people  with  the ability  to  work  in different  cross-cultural  settings,  but  also  carry  with  them  the  mission  of nurturing  academic excellence and professional advancement. 
ASEAN must strive for quality assurance networking development as a mechanism to reach and maintain a high standard education, not just for one particular country, but for the ASEAN region as a whole. 
There have been strong QA movements in ASEAN in recent years inresponse to the liberalisation  of  education  and the  need  for  standard  education.  Governments  of ASEAN  countries  have  prioritised  QA  in  education  as  a national agenda.  Individual universities  set  up  their  own  quality  criteria,  partly  in  consultation  with  other 
institutions  at  the  national  and  international  levels.  At  the  regional  level,  the  ASEAN University  Network’s initiative for  the  establishment  of  binding  QA  standards  among its member universities represents a pioneering move. 
The  ASEAN  University  Network’s  efforts  to  set  up  a  standard  quality  assurance system  originated  from  the need to improve  quality amid  globalization,  realising  that the fastest way for us to grow is to start a long QA journey together. 
The  creation  of  the  ASEAN  University  Network-Quality  Assurance (AUN-QA)  was initiated  in  1998  by  the  first Chairman  of  the  AUN  Board  of  Trustees  (AUN-BOT), Professor  Dr.  Vanchai  Sirichana,  who  believes  that  it will help all higher education institutions in ASEAN attain and maintain their high standard of education. And in the 
highly  competitive,  globalised  world  of  education,  quality  assurance  helps  bridge  the gaps among individual institutions with diverse cultures and resources. 

(as stated at Preface of ASEAN University Network Guideline; more information)

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