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Asean, EU confer on higher education qualifications standards

Education officials of Laos, Asean and the European Union are examining higher education qualifications frameworks and quality assurance standards to develop the sector across the region.
About 100 delegates are taking part in the “EU Support to Higher Education in the Asean Region” (SHARE) meeting discussing the impact of qualifications frameworks and regional quality assurance standards on higher education, running from February 14-15 in Vientiane.
Minister of Education and Sports, Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun and SHARE Programme Director Mr Christian Rabl were chairs at the meeting’s opening ceremony yesterday.
Ms Sengdeuane said that participants would learn about the importance of the National Qualification Framework as well as gain a greater understanding of the qualifications frameworks and quality assurance mechanisms of Asean countries.
Participants also will learn about curricula development by focusing on outcome-based writing and learning outcomes.
“The SHARE national meeting will also highlight the importance of Internal Quality Assurance and External Quality Assurance, which are important mechanisms to support learning and teaching at several education institutions,” Ms Sengdeuane added.
The SHARE programme is being implemented from 2016-2018 in partnership with relevant authorities and stakeholders and has to follow objectives in common, though each project will cater to needs of the specific country at hand.
According to the programme, SHARE supports higher education in Laos on a policy level and through technical work in the areas of quality assurance, qualification frameworks, credit transfer, and by providing mobility opportunities to Lao students.
SHARE is a programme by EU and Asean to strengthen regional cooperation and enhance the quality, regional competitiveness and internationalisation of Asean higher education institutions and students, contributing to an Asean Community beyond 2015.
In addition, the programme aims at supporting the Asean qualifications reference framework and Asean quality assurance framework with a focus to promote regional harmonisation of higher education and introduce an Asean scholarship.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 15,

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