MyQAN Study Visit and Sharing Session at Taylor's University on 11th August 2016.

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Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus welcomed a delegation from the Malaysian Higher Education Institutions Quality Assurance Network (MyQAN) on 11 April 2016.

Established in 2000, Swinburne Sarawak is the only international campus of Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. It offers identical courses as its home campus and awards its graduates with the same internationally recognised parchment.

MyQAN aims to nurture a sustainable and matured quality assurance system and culture among higher education institutions in Malaysia. To achieve these aims, MyQAN organises a series of study visits that allow sharing of good practices in internal quality assurance among higher education institutions to close the gap between the institutions.

The visit to the Australian university branch campus by the 28-member delegation led by MyQAN President Professor Ir Dr Shahrir Abdullah was the second of such study visits. The first study visit was to University Malaya on 15 December 2015.

Professor Shahrir and his team were welcomed on campus by Swinburne Sarawak Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Janet Gregory.

The delegation, made up of representatives from various higher education institutions as well as the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, was briefed on Swinburne Sarawak’s quality assurance processes and mechanisms in ensuring academic equivalence across its Sarawak and Melbourne campuses that meet the accreditation standards and requirements of both Malaysia and Australia. Senior representatives from quality management units of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences and Taylor’s University also shared their experiences in establishing and enhancing the effectiveness of their internal quality assurance practices.

Prior to their departure they were given a tour of the 16.5-acre city campus, including visiting its learning and teaching spaces, hostels, and other facilities.

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MyQAN Committee Meeting No. 5/2015 was held on 6th October 2015 at Universiti Malaya (UM).

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MyQAN Strategic Planning Workshop was organized at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS from   8 – 10 December 2015 with the following objectives:-

  1. to develop Road Map for MyQAN,
  2. to develop Strategies to Support MyQAN Road Map
  3. to develop Strategies, Action Plan & KPI for 2016.

 

It was designed to deliver several outcomes as follows:-

  1. MyQAN Road Map 2016 - 2025
  2. Strategies for MyQAN Road Map
  3. Strategies, Action Plan & KPI for 2016

 

The workshop began with a networking dinner among the committee members on 8 December 2015. On the next day, the workshop started with MyQAN Higher Education lectures by three prominent speakers. The first speaker was Professor Zita Mohd Fahmi J.M.N , Special Advisor, Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) with her lecture on The Implications of ASEAN Quality Assurance Framework (AQAF) and ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF). The next lecture was on Malaysian Education Blueprint (Higher Education) 2015-2025 by Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Mohd. Saleh Jaafar; Consultant, Higher Education Blueprint, MoHE. The last speaker was En. Mohamad Dzafir Mustafa, Director, Institutional Audit Division, MQA and his presentation was on Future Trends on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Malaysia and MQA’s Road Map.

The sharing session by these three speaker were utilized as one of the input in designing and charting MyQAN roadmap and strategies FY2016-2025. In tandem with the spirit to materialize roadmap and strategies FY2016-2025, MyQAN has developed action plan and key performance indicator (KPI) for 2016.

The MyQAN Strategic Planning Workshop ended with pledge by the members to ensure it absolute execution.

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MyQAN Committee Meeting No. 4/2016, was held on 11th August 2016 at Oval Room, Level 5, Block A, Taylor's University.

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