Filipino delegates join ASEAN-QA’s TrainIQA Program

Just in time for the country’s preparation for the ASEAN integration, three Filipino delegates qualified to join the training course on Internal Quality Assurance (TrainIQA)for a select group of quality assurance officers at higher education institutions in Southeast Asia.

Ms. Lucila Calairo (De La Salle University-Dasmariñas), Dr. Julita Robles (De La Salle  University-Manila) and Dr. Alyssa Peleo-Alampay (University of the Philippines-Diliman) passed the stringent screening of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to be part of the one-year program. Central to their screening was the submission of Project Action Plans (PAP)that are to be implemented in their respective institutions. Closely mentored by European and ASEAN quality assurance experts, they are engaged in an online learning platform and face-to-face workshops with 30 other QA officers from ASEAN Member States.  Concepcion V.Pijano, PAASCU Executive Director is part of the ASEAN technical team of experts who provide inputs and advice so the participants can complete their PAPs in time for the culmination of the training course in February 2016.

TrainIQA started with the training course in February 2015 with a workshop on Quality Management Systems held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The second workshop, which tackled Tools and Procedures of Quality Assurance, was held at the University of Potsdam in Germany on July 27 to August 4, 2015 while the third workshop is scheduled in Bali, Indonesia this coming November. Curriculum Design and Revision will be the focus of the third workshop. After this, an online module on data-based information management will be carried out via the course’s online learning platform. Finally, in February 2016, presentation of outputs will be held in Bangkok, Thailand.With this will be a workshop on Quality Assurance and its Linkages to Higher Education Management.

TrainIQA Program aims to strengthen national capacities along the area of quality assurance. It is supported by the German Rectors’ Conference, ASEAN University Network, SEAMEO-RIHED, German Academic Exchange Service, ASEAN Quality Assurance Network, European Association for Quality Assurance n Higher Education, and the University of Potsdam.