Higher education is topic of pre-APEC conference

July 27th, 2011  |  by  |  Published in Campus News  |  1 Comment

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Key higher education officials, scholars and experts from throughout the Asia-Pacific region will meet in Honolulu Aug. 4–6, 2011 to discuss higher education’s role in building capacity, equity, access and ability to adapt to rapid and profound economic change.

One of the precursor events to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting here in November, the Conference on Quality in Higher Education is organized by the University of Hawaiʻi System in cooperation with the East-West Center.

Participants from 20 of the 21 APEC economies will discuss how to identify, develop and sustain best practices in higher education. Eduardo Ochoa, U.S. assistant secretary for postsecondary education, will be the featured luncheon speaker on Thursday, Aug. 4.

“The issue of quality in higher education is a topic of intense focus right now by higher education institutions and organizations around the globe,” says UH President M.R.C. Greenwood. “As we look into the future, our students are going to be operating in a much more global arena, and universities will be providing leadership roles on issues with global implications, such as health, infectious diseases, climate change, disaster preparedness and much more.”

Representatives from universities, government agencies and international associations will present papers on quality and quality assurance, university rankings, case studies and best practices from the APEC region and the globally competitive university. Scheduled speakers represent Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam.

United States speakers include Ralph Wolff, from the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities and senior project consultants John Hawkins emeritus professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education, and Deane Neubauer, professor of political science at UH Mānoa.

The Honolulu discussions are intended to establish an ongoing network for discussion and continued development of best practices and sustainability within national and local higher education environments in the APEC region.

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  1. Jeff W says:

    August 5th, 2011at 8:48 am(#)

    Sounds like a great conference with some interesting topics. I’m glad to hear that higher education quality is getting the attention it so desperately deserves. More importantly though, I think the goal to improve best practice and develop a network of higher education experts in the APEC region is incredibly forward-looking and should be commended given the importance of these issues to our society as a whole. Good luck at the conference!