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III. Election of Office Bearers and Presentation of Country Reports

Election of Officers

As Chair of the Regional Bureau, Dr. Young Shik Kim called for nominations to positions on the Regional Bureau. Australia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) proposed that the Philippines chair the Regional Bureau, which was followed by the nomination of China as the first vice–chair and India as the second vice-chair. Mongolia was nominated to the post of rapporteur.

The meeting subsequently elected these members unopposed, and the body congratulated all new office bearers on their election.

Chair: 1st Vice-Chair: 2nd Vice-Chair: Rapporteur:

Dr. Nona Ricafort, Philippines Mr Yang Yuliang, China Mr Shri Chakravarty, India Mr. Regsuren Bat-Erdene, Mongolia

Dr. Nona Ricafort assumed the position of Chair and called on the Member States to present their country reports.

AUSTRALIA

Margaret Proctor

Director of Professional and International Recognition Unit Australian Education International (AIE) Department of Education, Science and Training (DESD) Canberra, Australia

Ms. Proctor presented a brief overview of the Australian higher education system and recent government initiatives in higher education. Higher education institutions in Australia generally refer to those institutions which award degrees, although they may also award sub-degrees. For Australia, access to higher education may be based on completion of the Secondary School Certificate of Education (Year 12), with admission to undergraduate study often depending on the level and academic achievement of the Year 12 award. Universities in Australia are usually comprehensive institutions offering a wide range of programmes. They vary significantly in size, ranging from 40,000 students down to the smallest at approximately 2,000 students.

Australia has a comprehensive quality assurance framework, with responsibility shared between universities, governments, the Australian Universities Quality Assurance Agencies (AUQA) and the Australian Qualifications Framework Advisory Board (AQFAB). The Australian education ministers own the AUQA and its Board contains representatives nominated by the Australian Commonwealth, as well as state/territory governments, universities, and private higher education providers.

Ninth Session of the Regional Committee

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