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Student's Role in Higher Education Quality Assurance


Students as learners are at the heart of the higher education. As beneficiaries of higher education, students should take a significant role in contributing to quality enhancement as active participants in shaping higher education collaborating with faculty and staff.

In Japan, student’s role in quality assurance has not been given sufficient attention to, nor seriously attempted to introduce until recently. In European countries, meanwhile, students have been taking significant roles in planning and practices of quality assurance and enhancement underpinned by the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) which is provided by the European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) as the explicit stipulations in favor of student engagement in quality assurance.

Inviting former students from Europe who have involved in review/evaluation processes with quality assurance agencies as a student reviewer, this forum will introduce student engagement in quality assurance in Europe to help understanding its concept with historical backgrounds and principles. We will discuss prospects for the future quality assurance and enhancement in Japan sharing experiences of attempts with students for quality improvement in Japanese institutions.

Speakers and facilitators will be experts in quality assurance including student engagement in European countries and Japan. Followed by keynote presentations, four breakout sessions will be provided for further discussion among participants.

Event Organizer:

National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE), Japan (Supported by JUAA, JIHEE and JACA)

Date and Time:

Monday, 22nd July 2013, 13:00-17:40 (registration starts at 12:00)


Hitotsubashi Hall, 2nd floor, National Center of Sciences Building
(2-1-2, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0003)

Target participants:

Individuals with an interest in the provision of higher education sector


International Affair Division, NIAD-UE
Tel: +81-(0)42-307-1616 / E-mail: kokusai@niad.ac.jp

Opening address
Tomoyuki Nogami, President, NIAD-UE
Introduction Presentation:
Students Engagement
Akihiko Kawaguchi, Specially Appointed Professor, NIAD-UE
Keynote Presentation I:
Principles and practice of Student Engagement in Quality Assurance: ENQA’s Perspectives and Finnish Example
Helka Kekäläinen, Vice-President of the ENQA and Secretary General of the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC)
Keynote Presentation I:
Student Engagement in Quality - A UK Case Study: Partners & Producers
Dan Derricott, Student Engagement Officer at University of Lincoln
Breakout Session I:
Faculty Development and Student Participation
* Japanese only

Speech I
Akihiko Kawaguchi, Specially Appointed Professor, NIAD-UE
Speech II
Noriki Amano, Associate Professor, Okayama University
Speech III
Kengo Sone, Former representative of Student FD in Kanto District
Breakout Session II:
Student Surveys and Next Steps in Internal Quality Assurance

Gaku Tanaka, Associate Professor, Kyushu University

Narimitsu Okazaki, Manager, Academic Affairs Division, Waseda University

Helka Kekäläinen, Vice-President of the ENQA

Breakout Session III:
Students Review?!

Norihiko Suzuki, President and Chair of the Board, Akita International University

Dan Derricott, Student Engagement Officer at University of Lincoln
Breakout Session IV:
Student Engagement in Internal Quality Assurance and University Management

Effective student engagement in internal Quality Assurance and University management
Nik Heerens, PhD Researcher at University of Exeter

Why student engagement in university management is necessary?
Kazuo Kitahara, Professor, Tokyo University of Science
Wrap-up Session
Session I: Kanami Imamiya, College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University *Japanese
Session II: Junpei Ishiguchi, College of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University *Japanese
Session III: Momo Kono, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University *English
Session IV: Kayo Nagasaka, Faculty of Education, Okayama University *Japanese
Closing remarks
Kazuo Okamoto, Vice-President, NIAD-UE


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