2013 Conference. From Monday 8th until Thursday 11th April 2013 INQAAHE will organise its Biennial Conference in Chinese Taipei. The conference host is the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT). The conference theme is Managing Diversity: Sustainable quality assurance processes.
There are four related subthemes:
1. The QA of cross-border education: from quality providers to quality assured provision
2. Innovative approaches to external QA in tertiary education: not a single approach towards excellence
3. Impact of QA and the effects of external and internal QA: regional perspectives to a shared issue
4. National qualifications frameworks and their links to QA (including involvement of stakeholders)
The Conference organisation accepts papers or posters on the four sub-themes of the Conference. Please consult the call for papers and posters below for the exact requirements.
We are looking forward to receiving your contribution at Secretariat[at] by 15 November 2012.
More information about the programme and registration for the conference will follow soon. Call for papers and posters (PDF / 91.7 KB).
Call for Papers and Posters for the INQAAHE Conference - Chinese Taipei, 8 – 11 April, 2013

The Conference accepts papers or posters on the sub-themes of the Conference. The Conference Program Committee welcomes any contributions on the sub-themes. Examples of topics for contributions are listed under each sub-theme. Paper and poster proposals will be assessed by members of the Conference Program Committee for compliance with the criteria for acceptance.
Conference Themes and Sub-Themes
Theme: Managing Diversity: Sustainable quality assurance processes
1. The QA of cross-border education: from quality providers to quality assured provision

The QA of Cross-Border Education has turned into an essential topic in the agenda of the major HE systems all over the world. Agencies –and regional networks– have led the debate following the initiative of UNESCO-OECD on the Guidelines for Quality Provision
in Cross-border Higher Education, issued in 2005. Cross border provision takes many faces, and each of them poses different challenges for quality assurance agencies.
Papers presented under this subtheme should address the ways agencies deal with the need to assess the provision of CBHE in various settings. A special attention on good practices on the definition of published general frameworks or criteria to facilitate the QA of CBHE is welcome.
Issues to be covered could include the following:
• Sharing responsibility for QA: role of the QA agency from the home country, and that of the agency in the receiving country.
• Main issues to be addressed in evaluating CBHE offerings: focus on the programme contents, delivery methods and resources, the quality of the academic staff.
• Consistency of the diploma awarded with similar diplomas granted in the home country; relationship of the diploma awarded with the receiving country’s national regulations or quality criteria for similar programs (including the national qualifications framework when available).
• On-line provision and the challenge for QA mechanisms
• Information on quality assured provision: What can the QAAs regional networks do?
• Cultural-academic challenges in the provision of TNE
2. Innovative approaches to external QA in tertiary education: not a single approach towards excellence

Innovation is within the genome of tertiary education. QA processes must also be geared towards favouring innovation, and avoiding the bureaucratic burden of the procedures. But innovation is an overused word, needing a clear context to be entirely understood. In QA nowadays innovation means a plea for ways to rethink the current approaches, in order to develop QA processes that are sustainable in terms of financial and human resources; that effectively provide sound information on the quality of HE offerings; that allow higher education institutions enough flexibility to reach excellence; that take into account institutional and programme diversity.
The conference provides a forum for sharing and discussing innovative approaches and good practices for external QA in various settings and academic traditions; papers dealing with those or some of the following topics will be welcome:
• Analysis of QA approaches from the point of view of their potential to enhance innovation in tertiary education – ideally with some evaluation results.
• Innovation within the external QA agencies: How are agencies dealing with the changes in higher education? Have these changes impacted in their organization, their procedures or the standards they apply?
• Lessons learned from external review of agencies or from studies measuring the impact of QA processes, which have led to revised external QA processes.
• International benchmarking and innovative processes: the benefits of the regional networks.
• Good practices and mechanisms for their dissemination
3. Impact of QA and the effects of external and internal QA: regional perspectives to a shared issue

For many years, external assessment of QA focused on the activities of the agencies. Nowadays, it has become essential to learn about the effect of the introduction of QA practices on the actual operation of higher education institutions. On the other hand, budgetary constraints and economic difficulties in some regions push decision makers to require QA agencies a reflection on the impact of their processes.
Several countries, in different regions of the world, are carrying out such studies, asking stakeholders about their perceptions of the changes that QA has promoted in the higher education institutions they are associated with. This subtheme presents an opportunity to share efforts and experiences on the analysis of external QA processes and to discuss the lessons that can be learned from them.
Issues to be covered could include the following:
• How can impact be defined and measured, taking into consideration the difficulty to isolate the effects of QA on the operation of HEIs?
• Reporting on information showing anticipated and unanticipated effects of the introduction of quality assurance processes on different dimensions of HEIs.
• Changes or adaptations in the QA processes as a result of information on the impact of external QA processes.
• Is there a ‘regional agenda’ related to the impact of QA according to different regional settings?
• Links between QA processes and other policy instruments in place.
See also INQAAHE 2012 Forum, INQAAHE Conference 2011.