Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Courtesy Call to Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) on 3th December 2008

A high level meeting arranged by Dr. Ben Lee between the higher education accrediting agencies of Malaysia and the Philippines was held at Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia on December 3, 2008.

The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in The Philppines (AACCUP), represented by its President and Chairman, Dr. Nelson T. Binag, together with EDS Asia Pacific, represented by its President, Dr. Ben Lee, also serving as AACCUP Consultant on leadership and executive open learning, made a courtesy call to the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) Chairman, Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Mohammad Rais Abdul Karim and his senior staff.

Mr. Balakkrishnan Vassu, Director of Accreditation Division provided an overview of the MQA Framework of quality assurance in higher education in Malaysia. Mr. Balakkrishnan also touched upon the values of cross border collaboration and the challenges of establishing international quality assurance frameworks to be shared among Malaysia, Philippines, and other nations across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Dr. Nelson Binag, President of AACCUP, introduced the matter of mutual recognition of higher education degrees between and among nations and the sharing and exchange of experts for accreditation quality assurance teams.

The participants received one another with respect and cooperation and departed with the hope of continuing the discussions in greater detail at later dates.

From left to right:

Mr. Najmi Hj. Mohd Noor, MQA Director of Institutional Audit Division,
Mr. Balakrishnan Vassu, MQA Director of Accreditation Division,
Honorable Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Muhammad Rais Abdul Karim, MQA Chairman,
Honorable Professor Emritus Dr. Nelson T. Binag, AACCUP Chairman,
Dr. Ben Lee, AACCUP Consultant on leadership and executive open learning.
Ready by EDS Team @ 10th December 2008.

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