Quality assurance, accreditation and the development of national qualification frameworks are key areas linked to these processes, and a number of the country reports emphasized the need to build national capacity as a prerequisite for developing a robust national higher education system.
IV. Report from the Working Group on Revision of the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention
Molly Lee opened with congratulatory remarks to the delegates for a successful first day. She invited all to attend the discussion on the draft revised Convention, and introduced the day’s schedule. She called on Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela to present a report on the first day’s activities.
After Valenzuela’s presentation, Lee presented rationale for revising the Convention. She led the group discussion on the unique features of the Asia-Pacific convention. The presentation noted several characteristics which make the Asia-Pacific convention unique. First, it underscores not only academic mobility, but also professional mobility. Second, it addresses entry into careers, and third, it discusses requirements for professional practices.
Lee informed the body that the primary goal of the Regional Convention is access to quality education among Member States signatories and recognition of qualifications for academic mobility. There are challenges ahead of the region, and the Asia-Pacific convention needs to take into account the regional context when compared to other regional conventions. European recognition treaties, such as the Lisbon Recognition Convention, are non-discriminatory and give more rights to students in terms of having their qualifications assessed by a competent authority and accessing reliable/accurate information.
As part of the discussion, Tony Davies was asked to report on the output of the working group revision activites.
Report of the Working Group
The first Vice Chairman Yang Yuliang introduced Tony Davies. Davies presented the Working Group Report’s main points, particularly as concerned the proposed Revision on the Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific.
Davies provided highlights from country report topics that included international cooperation, movement of natural persons, quality of higher education, national qualifications frameworks, and the status of other revision activities in other regions..
He discussed the following parameters for a revised Asia-Pacific convention:
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