The Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) held its first in-person annual general meeting and academic conference from November 24 to 27 this year in Singapore, after the impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years. The theme was “Quality Assurance for Higher Education under the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond in the Asia-Pacific Region”. The conference focused on the discussions of the future development of quality assurance for higher education in the era of globalization and technological advances.

The Taiwan Assessment and Evaluation Association (TWAEA) attended the in-person meeting in Singapore, and was accepted to present the research result of cross-border practices with the paper entitled “Improving the Student Experience of Teaching Methods: Learning from a Comparative Study of Four Asia-Pacific Regions”. This study was based on the international survey project led by TWAEA, and jointly participated by Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA), Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA), and Center for Education Accreditation, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (CEA VNU-HCM) to explore students’ learning outcomes and satisfaction under cross-border collaboration. The survey results had been analyzed to understand the learning experience of students from higher education institutions in Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam in order to learn from each other. Furthermore, particular issues and blind spots can also be discovered to enhance the teaching quality in the respective region. At the seminar, TWAEA’s Assistant Secretary-General, Ying-Li Chou, and Senior Manager, Hui-Ling Lin, presented the study on behalf of the four quality assurance agencies, and had a panel talk with other presenters and audience, providing new development opportunity for international strategy planning and seeking collaborative outlook with a more diverse perspective through exchanging comments and discussions.

TWAEA has worked hard to promote the professional knowledge and skill related to accreditation and also the provision of accreditation services. To enhance the quality in higher education is always the mission of TWAEA. In recent years, TWAEA not only has started to join the members of the international accreditation organizations, but also worked closely with professional associations in Japan, Thailand, Europe, Russia, New Zealand, Croatia, Hong Kong and Macau for further cooperation.