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UH Project Addresses Quality Education in APEC Region

Posted on | March 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

A proposal developed by the University of Hawaiʻi System to address quality higher education and training in the Asia-Pacific region has been approved and supported by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. As part of the project, higher education leaders and stakeholders from the region will gather in Honolulu in August for a three-day symposium designed to identify and share benchmarks and encourage collaborative efforts.
Entitled “Quality in Higher Education: Identifying, Developing and Sustaining Best Practices in the APEC Region,” the project will address the topic of quality in higher education as a foundation for long-term inclusive growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. The planning group, chaired by UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud and East-West Center Director of Educational Programs Terry Bigalke, was proposed to APEC on behalf of the United States.
Joanne Taira, project director, indicated that the invited participants will have the opportunity to discuss case studies and specific practices as well as issues related to scaling up and sustaining quality efforts throughout the region. Discussions will focus on defining quality and quality assurance, regional and country exemplars, the role of rankings and the global university endeavor.

“The University of Hawaiʻi is honored that APEC has chosen to support this project and we look forward to the gathering of higher education leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region in Honolulu in August,” says UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.
“APEC has limited project money so the decision to provide funds to support this UH project testifies to the quality of the project and its relevance to the Asia-Pacific region,” says Lauren Kahea Moriarty, former U.S. ambassador to APEC and a UH alumna.
Read the news release.