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Event: APQN Open Symposium
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The APQN Open Symposium, held at Makuhari Messe on 19 February 2008, was concluded successfully.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for your cooperation on the symposium.


Theme  What's "University"? -  from QA community -
Date and Time  Tuesday 19 February 2008 13:00 - 16:50
Venue  Makuhari Messe
Organized by Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
Hosted by National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE)
Supported by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA)
Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE)
Program Download here - PDF PDF


The Open symposium of Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN), hosted by NIAD-UE (supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA), and Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE)), was held on 19 February (Tue) at the International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe, Japan.

The theme of the symposium was: What's "University"? - from QA Community -. Considering the diversification of the mission of higher education, the symposium aimed to inspire all for ideas of excellent practices that can be internationally compatible through keynote speeches about practices for quality assurance in the APQN, the UK and the China, and the panel discussion by the experts in quality assurance community including UNESCO.

282 people, including those from higher education institutions, quality assurance agencies, governmental parties, APQN member agencies, NIAD-UE staffs participated in the symposium. They gained fruitful information concerning quality assurance in various countries and brought to their institutions/agencies for improving their higher education.

Speakers and Panelists
*Materials listed below are PDF version.
Biographies of speakers and panelists - PDF PDF
Opening Address
Tsutomu Kimura (President, NIAD-UE, Japan)
Kimito Kubo (Deputy Director-General, MEXT, Japan)
Keynote Speeches
Concepcion V. Pijano (APQN President, Executive Director of PAASCU, Philippines)
- - >Handout
Peter Williams (Chief Executive, QAA, UK)
- - >Handout
Li Zhihong (Deputy Director, HEEC, China)
- - >Handout (English version) / Handout (Chinese version)
Panel Discussion
Tsutomu Kimura (President, NIAD-UE, Japan)
Molly Lee (Co-ordinator of APEID & Specialist in Higher Education, UNESCO)
Nuanthip Kamolvarin (Associate Professor, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
Mike Willing (Deputy Chief Executive of Quality Assurance, NZQA, New Zealand)
Hidetoshi Seiwa (Senior Researcher, JUAA, Japan)
Summary and Closing
Tsutomu Kimura (President, NIAD-UE, Japan)

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