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INQAAHE Conference 2017  
“Between Collaboration and Competition: The Promises and Challenges for Quality Assurance in Higher Education”   
27 February – 2 March 2017
Gulf Hotel – Kingdom of Bahrain
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Monday, 27th February 2017 Pre-Conference Workshops
09:00 – 16:00
Board Meeting
09:00 – 16:00
Conference Registration
09:30 – 12:00
Workshop 1 – External Quality Assurance (EQA) and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) for QA agencies
Hall: AlDana 3
Workshop 2 – The role of National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) in quality assurance and the implications of self-certification for international recognition purposes.
Hall: AlDana 4
12:00 – 13:00
Prayer & Coffee Break
13:00 – 15:30
Workshop 3 – Training reviewers for external quality assurance of HEIs (higher education institutions) and their programmes
Hall: AlDana 3
Workshop 4 – Assessment of learning outcomes and the concept of ‘value added score’
Hall: AlDana 4
16:00 – 17:00
Networks meeting
19:00 – 21:00
Conference Opening Reception


Tuesday: 28th February, 2017 Conference Day 1
08:00 – 16:00
09:00 – 10:30
National Anthem
Recital of Holy Quran
Welcome Address:
 HE Dr. Jawaher Al-Mudhahki, Chief Executive of BQA
Welcome Remark:
Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan, President of INQAAHE
Keynote Address:
HE Dr. Ahmed Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education, UAE
Keynote Address:
HE Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia
Recognition of Conference Keynote Speakers
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30
Plenary Session 1: Quality assurance for competitive advantage in the markets for national and international students
Focus: International education is now a hugely competitive market, and national governments and individual providers often see agencies as key tools for developing positional advantage. What are the implications for agencies in seeking to meet these expectations? And, as some agencies position themselves to offer services outside their national jurisdictions, are we also now seeing the emergence of a competitive international market in quality assurance itself? Competition within countries is also intense in many places, is QA seen as a help or a hindrance?
Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan, INQAAHE President
HE Dr. Ahmed Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education, UAE
HE Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia
HE Hon. Mohan Lal Grero, State Minister of Higher Education, Sri Lanka
HE Prof. Hany Helal, Former Minister of Higher Education, Egypt
Dr. Francisco Marmolejo, the World Bank
AlDana 1&2
12:30 – 13:30
Prayer & Lunch
13:30 – 15:00
Session 1
Hall 1: AlDana 1
Hall 2: AlDana 2
Hall 3: AlDana 3
Hall 4: AlDana 4
Chaired by: Pauline Tang
Chaired by: Tashmin Khamis
Chaired by: Eddy Chong
Chaired by: Erika Soboleva
Paper 1: The Quest for Quality through HEA Training: An Analytical Study
By: Assem Al Hajj - Applied Science University
Paper 4: Quality Assurance Approaches for Technology and Engineering Education
By: Muhanned Batool - Gulf University
Paper 6: Cross-border quality assurance:  The experience of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) in carrying out external QA activities in Macau
By: Robert Fearnside, Daisy Chow and Kathy Chung - Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
Paper 9: Enhancing Internal Quality Assurance of Internationalization by Adopting Self-Accreditation Policy: Taiwanese Experiences
By: Karen Hui and Jung Chen - Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan
Paper 2: “Quality label”- a Chinese-French joint initiative to promote quality of cross-border education
By: He Pei and Solange Pisarz - China Education Association for International Exchange and High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education
Paper 5: Opportunities and Challenges in a Competitive Student Market - Case Study from Bahrain Polytechnic
By: Rodney Coombridge and Shaima Alansari - Bahrain Polytechnic
Paper 7: Assessment of Education Colleges Learning Outcomes in Abu Dhabi
By: Hesham W. Gomma, Zahra S. Baalawi, Mohamed Yousif Baniyas and Ashish Shivam - Abu Dhabi Education Council
Paper 10: Can Overseas Accreditation Agencies be Seen as a Help or a Hindrance for the Local Quality Assurance Mechanism?
By: Huu Cuong Nguyen - General Department of Education Testing and Accreditation
Paper 3:  Challenges facing universities to satisfy various national and international quality assurance systems
By: Bassam Alhamad – University of Bahrain
Paper 8: Quality Regulation of International Branch Campuses in Asian Nations: Divergence or Convergence?
By: Angela Yung-Chi Hou - Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30
Plenary Session 2: Quality assurance breaking down barriers for students and providers
Focus: This theme will focus on the role agencies can play in building trust, partnership and mobility for students and providers, and across different modes of learning. From formal structures to staff exchanges, and transnational reviews to student protection schemes, what are the tools and strategies that work in an increasingly connected world? And in this context, what role can students and employers play in agencies' reviews/audits?
HE Dr. Jawaher Al-Mudhahki, Chief Executive BQA, INQAAHE Director
Diane Auer Jones, Urban Institute in DC, USA
AlDana 1&2
16:30 – 17:00
Coffee Break
Posters Session (Mezzanine Hall)


17:00 – 18:30
Session 2
Hall 1: AlDana 1
Hall 2: AlDana 2
Hall 3: AlDana 3
Hall 4: AlDana 4
Chaired by: Jagannath Patil
Chaired by: Badr Aboul-Ela
Chaired by: Maria Kelo
Chaired by: Denise Dezolt
Paper 1: Towards ultimate enhancement of the involvement of students, alumni and employers: An investigation of current and potential roles of stakeholders
By: Diana AlJahromi and Bassam Alhamad – University of Bahrain
Paper 4: Meeting the needs of stakeholders: providing a means to compare institutions based on institutional accreditation outcomes in Oman.
By: Tess Goodliffe and Salim Razvi - Oman Academic Accreditation Authority
Paper 7: Student involvement in internal and external quality assurance activities
By: Mary Catharine Lennon, Tracey McCutcheon and Janna Lüttman - Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board
Paper 10: Cross-Border Student Mobility: a case study of Aga Khan University
By: Faisal Notta and Tashmin Khamis - Aga Khan University
Paper 2: Integrated assessment of higher education and VET programmes – mission possible! Estonian experience in breaking barriers between higher and vocational education assessments
By: Hillar Bauman and Marge Kroonmäe - Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education
Paper 5: Analysing The Quality Assurance in Research Planning and Management of Higher Educational Institutions in Oman
By: Alrence S. Halibas - Gulf College, Muscat
Paper 8: Fostering Learner Autonomy through E-learning
By: Sofia Ligawen and Dexter Cadiente – Bahrain Training Institute
Paper 11: Inter-agency cooperation in the quality assurance of transnational Education: challenges and opportunities
By: Fabrizio Trifiro - QAA
Paper 3: Joint trainings as a bridge of cooperation for agencies and institutions
By: Eva Fernandez de Labastida and Ronny Heintze - Unibasq and AQAS
Paper 6: Flowering in the Desert: Growing Employability, Embedding Quality at Bahrain Polytechnic
By: Ema Janahi and Oonagh McGirr – Bahrain Polytechnic
Paper 9: New Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Software
By: Noaman Mohammad Noaman - AMA International University Bahrain
Paper 12: From National to International: The Changing Role of QA Agency from the HEEACT’s Experiences
By: Hua-Chi Chou and Angela Yung-Chi Hou - Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan
End of Day 1
20:00 – 22:00
Gala Dinner (GCC Terrace)


Wednesday: 1st March, 2017 Conference Day 2
08:00 – 16:00
Collection of General Assembly Envelope   
09:00 – 10:00
Plenary Session 3: Are we closer to a global QA and qualifications framework?
Focus: From the GGP to CHEA’s new International Principles, to regional quality assurance (QA) and Qualification Frameworks (QF) in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Arab world, there are now structures which hold out the promise of an approach to a system which can transcend national boundaries and constraints. But QA & QF is still overwhelmingly delivered by agencies constructed on national lines. Is global recognition of institutions and qualifications a dream or a likely reality? Is self-certification a major tool for international recognition of qualifications and awards? What should be the relationship between national and international, or even global, frameworks? Do we see complementarity or conflict?
Maiki Udam, INQAAHE Director  
Grant Klinkum, Deputy Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Division, New Zealand Qualifications Authority
AlDana 1&2
10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break
MoUs Signing (AlDana 1&2 Halls)
10:30 – 12:00
Session 3
Hall 1: AlDana 1
Hall 2: AlDana 2
Hall 3: AlDana 3
Hall 4: AlDana 4
Chaired by: Hasan al Hammadi
Chaired by: Khalid Al Baker
Chaired by: Martí Casadesús
Chaired by: Helka Kekäläinen
Paper 1: International Quality Collaboration between Sending and Receiving Countries of Higher Education Institutions - Quality Beyond Boundaries Group
By: Warren Fox and Nitesh Sughnani - Knowledge and Human Development Authority
Paper 4: Ranking of Higher Education Institutions- A case study of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi HEIs
By: Hesham W. Gomma, Zahra S. Baalawi, Mohamed Yousif Baniyas and Ashish Shivam - Abu Dhabi Education Council
Paper 7: Contextualisation versus Combination? Can Qualifications Frameworks serve two masters?
By: Lee Sutherland-Pheiffer and Fakhriya Al Habsi - Oman Academic Accreditation Authority
Paper 9: Joint Quality Assurance for CAMPUS Asia Pilot Programs among Three Countries in East Asia
By: Kazuo Okamoto - National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education
Paper 2: The role of QA agencies in outbound TNE, the Austrian approach
By: Agnes Witzani and Robert Neiser - Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria
Paper 5: Arab Qualifications Framework (AQF): ANQAHE Model
By: Tariq Al Sindi and Esmat Jaffar -  Education & Training Quality Authority
Paper 8: The Quality of Business Education in The Kingdom of Bahrain
By: Roy D. Tumaneng and Nympha Rita Joseph - Applied Science University
Paper 10: Public university reform: The future of quality assurance in Bahrain
By: Louise O'Nolan - Bahrain Polytechnic
Paper 3: Can QA and Culture-Norms Co-Exist?
By: Assem Al Hajj and Hussein Zedan – Applied Science University
Paper 6: A Blueprint for a Global Qualifications Framework
By: Mohamed Baqer and Hala Hatoum – University of Bahrain
12:00 – 13:00
Prayer & Lunch
13:00 – 14:00
Plenary Session 4: The Quality Assurance agenda for the next 25 years
Focus: Challenges to independence and funding; the challenge of relevance and connection with students, employers and the professional accreditation bodies; the challenges of migration, and refugee students and scholars; the pressures of reconciling collaboration and competition; e-learning that crosses institutional and national boundaries; and increasingly sophisticated challenges to academic integrity. What will the next 25 years hold for higher education, quality assurance, agencies and the students and institutions we serve?
Anthony McClaran, INQAAHE Director - CEO, TEQSA
Achim Hopbach, Managing Director- Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria, ENQA Past President
Carol Bobby, CACREP CEO, INQAAHE Past President
David Atchoarena, Director, Division for Planning and Development of Education Systems UNESCO
AlDana 1&2
14:00 – 14:30
Coffee break
14:30 – 16:00
Session 4
Hall 1: AlDana 1
Hall 2: AlDana 2
Hall 3: AlDana 3
Hall 4: AlDana 4
Chaired by: Ruben Topchyan
Chaired by: Zahra Balaawi
Chaired by: Hassmik Tortian
Chaired by: Martin Strah
Paper 1: A Performance Score Card for Internal Quality Assurance Units – a Challenge for State Universities of Sri Lanka 
By: Deepthi C. Bandara - Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council, University Grants Commission
Paper 9: Quantity, Educational Quality and a Global Framework: Three Inevitable Innovations for Tertiary Education Quality Reform
By: Yasine A. Qandile - Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University
Paper 6: Moving towards outcomes-based quality assurance schemes
By: Mary Catharine Lennon - Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board
Paper 4: Aligning the Quality Assurance of Higher Education with the Education for Sustainability Requirements – A Solution to Future World Challenges
By: Sahar Javed - FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
Paper 2: Building Capacity for QA in a Profession where Culture Matters: An Examination of How Counseling is Connecting the Dots between Programs, Faculty & Students
By: Carol Bobby, Charles Gressard and Sarah Betz - International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs
Paper 10: The Quality Assurance agenda for the next 25 years.
By: Michael Tomlinson - Tertiary Education quality and Standards Agency
Paper 7: Improving University Governance through External Evaluation.
By: Salim Ahmed Khan - Riphah International University
Paper 5: Questioning the Authenticity of Quality Assurance Frameworks for teaching and learning: A case study from East Africa
By: Tashmin Khamis - Aga Khan University
Paper 3: Challenges for the next decades for quality assurance agencies and higher education institutions in the GCC
By: Dolina Dowling and Wafa Al Mansoori – Education & Training Quality Authority
Paper 8: Models of external quality assurance: a taxonomy, drivers and boundaries to guide future development
By: Sheelagh Matear and Syd King - Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities & New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Paper 11: Challenges of the Quality Assurance Agenda in India for the next 25 years
By: B.S. Madhukar - National Assessment and Accreditation Council
16:00 – 16:30
Recognition of Conference Speakers & Closing remarks
16:30 – 18:30
General Assembly
End of Day 2



Thursday: 2nd March, 2017
09:00 – 14:00
Tour – visit Bahrain Museum and Old Souq *
09:00 – 18:00
UNESCO Regional Meeting - By Invitation
Hall: Awal
Friday: 3rd March, 2017
09:00 – 13:00
INQAAHE Board Meeting
        *Pre-registration is required, kindly send an email to