University Quality Assurance Forum 2020
The Tokyo Convention and Diversified Learning -Transition Phase in Recognition of Qualifications
Wednesday, 23rd September
15:30 - 17:30 JST (6:30-8:30 GMT)
National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (NIAD-QE)
Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
Japan Association for College Accreditation (JACA)
Japan Association for Quality of University Education (JAQUE)
Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation (JIHEE)
Japan Network of Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agencies (JNCEAA)
Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA)
In February 2018, the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (known as the Tokyo Convention) entered into force with the aim of facilitating international mobility of students and academics. In November 2019, Global Convention on Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education (known as the Global Convention) was adopted by the UNESCO 40th session of the General Conference. In Japan, National Information Center for Academic Recognition Japan was established at National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE) as the official National Information Center (NIC) of Japan in September 2019.
While global trends in education has taken a turn to become multifaceted, the Tokyo Convention states that foreign qualifications should be assessed “with the main focus on knowledge and skills achieved”. It requires the State Parties to recognize prior learning and qualifications based on not only inputs, such as program length and hours of study, as has been in the past, but also on outcomes that provide insight into “experience, knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies” that a qualification holder has acquired as a result of education. This has led to the global development of various initiatives on outcome-based recognition, including qualifications frameworks, competency-based education, micro-credentials, digitalization of certificates, and diploma supplement.
The Forum invites experts from overseas to share insights on the principles behind the Tokyo Convention as well as the Global Convention, explore cases and issues in recognition of qualifications in light of differences in education systems, and deepen our understanding of the roles of NICs. In addition, experts in Japan will introduce some of the changes made to higher education regulations in response to the Tokyo Convention, assessment of global human resources in the industry sector, and expectations and challenges in qualifications recognition in higher education. There will also be a discussion on how Japan should respond to the accelerating international development related to qualifications recognition in the post-COVID19 in which the importance of flexibility to adapt Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity of environment has become more explicit.
Agenda & Materials
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FUKUDA Hideki：President, NIAD-QE
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|15:45||Keynote Speech I
Libing WANG ：Chief, Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD), UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, Thailand
|15:55||Keynote Speech II
Chantavit SUJATANOND ：Centre Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED)
|16:05||Keynote Speech III
Luca LANTERO : Director, Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence (CIMEA), President, Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee Bureau
Part I "Introduction on Panelists and their Issues"
SATO Kuniaki ：Director, O?ce for International Planning, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
YAMAMOTO Natsuki ：General Manager, Human Capital Division(Japan), Human Capital Group, Hitachi Ltd.
SUGIMURA Miki ：Vice President for Global Academic A?airs, Professor of Faculty of Human Sciences, Sophia University
TANIGUCHI Isao ：President, National Institute of Technology
Part II "Summary Discussion"
Libing WANG Chantavit SUJATANOND Luca LANTERO
SATO Kuniaki YAMAMOTO Natsuki SUGIMURA Miki TANIGUCHI Isao
HOTTA Taiji：Professor, Research Department, NIAD-QE and Executive Director, National Information Center for Academic Recognition Japan)
HASEGAWA Toshikazu：Vice-President and Dean, Research Department, NIAD-QE
|17:30||End of Forum
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