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A national framework for university accreditation is well organized. The KCUE handles university accreditation, while the Ministry of Education handles reports on accreditation. Accreditation takes the form of both institutional evaluation and academic programme evaluation.

In an era of globalization, Korea views mutual recognition of degrees and diplomas in higher education as crucial to getting a foreign job and to facilitating cross-border education. However, at this time, the Korean government has not embarked on actual agreements for recognition of qualifications. Korean universities have, however, been allowed to deliver curriculum through foreign universities since 1997, and dual-degrees and joint-degrees can be offered to students. Korea’s recent entry into a number of foreign trade agreements (FTA) should allow the Korean educational market to share more educational provision with foreign programmes.

LAO PDR

Phonephet Boupa

Deputy Director General Department of Highe , Technical and Vocational Education Lao PDR

Lao PDR’s educational system is composed of several levels: primary, secondary, secondary II, technical, higher technical, and university. There are also three types of training programmes: quota, non-quota and special courses. The Ministry of Education allocates students to the three universities based on the quota system. Higher education institutions select students for the special courses in consultation with the Ministry of Education.

The National University has reduced the duration of foundation study from two years to one year. The Department of Higher, Technical and Vocational Education is responsible for the coordination of higher education.

Lao PDR has initiated some educational reforms, which include sending more than a thousand academic staff and students to study overseas, and setting up distance education programmes.

The Ministry of Education and the higher education institutions have tried to monitor and control the quality of teaching and learning.

Ninth Session of the Regional Committee

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