The importance of the Regional Convention in providing sufficient scope for signatory countries to apply the principles to their national education, quality assurance and qualifications systems was tackled. The importance was seen in assisting Member States in establishing their systems of National Qualifications, establishing systems for recognition of qualifications in and out of countries and having a common approach on the key issues such as quality indicators and curriculum frameworks and promotion of cooperation among countries to help each other. Some other suggested mechanisms were the following:
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Organize policy dialogue at the ministerial level Exchange information on good practice Strive to upgrade information systems
Take steps to establish international network of information centres on qualification recognition and quality assurance
Provide clear and full information to students and external stakeholders about education they provide
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Support a process moving towards Bologna in the Asia-Pacific region Revise Bologna to include cross-border education Low percentage of countries signing Regional Convention
Review and revise the Regional Convention in order to obtain better practice in recognizing qualifications
Encourage the development of higher education institutions to foster vibrant intellectual and educational achievement
Provide assistance, guidance and information to higher education institutions and relevant agencies in developing appropriate quality assurance processes
Provide information to higher education institutions, students, employers and other stakeholders about the processes and outcomes of higher education.
Status of Member State Ratification
The Chair requested representatives from Member States to identify which parts of the current Regional Convention caused concern for ratification. With that, the representatives shared the status of their ratification and some issues to be addressed:
X New Zealand
The Asia-Pacific Regional Convention is more prescriptive than other regional mutual recognition agreements.
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