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BACKGROUND

The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing a rethink in higher education accreditation. Higher education institutions (HEIs) are pushed to move all learning processes to online platforms, while still ensuring the delivery of education with quality standards. More importantly, the pandemic has also urged the external quality assurance agencies (EQAAs) to adopt a range of strategies to maintain the quality of HEIs. As the Covid-19 pandemic affects the quality of educational processes within HEIs, there is a need for agility to rediscover the model of quality standards. 

In such circumstances, two aspects are necessary to consider. First, there is a need for a response to the crisis which focuses on how EQAAs adjust policies and strategies in the practice of higher education accreditation. Second, seeing how the current phenomenon might reshape the roles and functions of EQAAs, it is also paramount to discuss the way forward to the new norm in higher education accreditation.

It is also important to recognize that the challenges and practices of higher education accreditation are varied, even prior to the COVID-19. The pandemic poses an additional challenge in quality assurance and therefore makes it even more important for EQAAs to address and share insights and experiences. Inspired by these concerns, the IQA intends to organize a series of webinars on the importance of managing quality assurance in Islamic higher education. This event aims to pursue the mutual interests of universities and agencies altogether. It would also allow the exchange of knowledge between panelists and participants about their excellent knowledge and experiences.

OBJECTIVES

This webinar series is aiming:

  1. To provide a forum for EQAAs in discussing potentials of strategies and policies for higher education accreditation as well as the contemporary standpoint of the quality standards in response to the pandemic.

  2. To provide universities’ policy makers with the updated perspective on the quality assurance management of higher education during the pandemic.

  3. To provide a forum to discuss the best practices and options in developing quality standards in Islamic studies.

  4. To stimulate all members to take part in the agendas of IQA, especially about initiation to establish an international council on Islamic studies and Arabic accreditation.

SESSIONS AND DATE

1.1 – Session I | Higher Education Accreditation: Survival in the Time of Covid-19
December 8, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (UTC+7)

This session will discuss the impacts of Covid-19 on the practice of higher education accreditation. It will focus on how EQAAs strives to adjust the policies and strategies to respond to the crisis. This may cover some tentative issues such as:

  1. legal framework adjustment to support the new operation;
  2. adjustment of process and procedures (workload distribution, assessment method);
  3. assessors’ readiness;
  4. tools and instruments (technology, internet infrastructures and application tools for online processes);
  5. standards and criteria (assessment on adjusted learning models); and
  6. academic integrity.

The format will be more on sharing experiences amongst EQAAs to stock-take and assess the extent to which the EQAAs have managed to handle the crisis. Two-to-three panelists will present their experiences and they will be responded by discussants and audiences.

1.2 – Session II | Revive and Thrive: Higher Education Accreditation in the Post-Covid-19 Era
December 15, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (UTC+7) 

This session will focus mainly on discussing workable ways forward to discover the new norm in higher education accreditation. Some key issues to be addressed may include:

  1. Possible business-process-reengineering on EQAAs
  2. Exploring potentials of new technologies (digitalization, big data, learning analytics, artificial intelligence)
  3. Redefining new roles and functions of EQAAs
  4. Rediscovering accreditation models: risk-based, quality enhancement, etc.

The format will be exploratory discussion and learning from experts.

SPEAKERS, DISCUSSANTS, AND MODERATORS

Session I (1.1)
Speakers:

  1. Prof. Dr. Olgun Cicek
    Executive Board Member
    YODAK (Higher Education Council), North Cyprus
  2. Prof. Ir. Dr. Khairul Salleh bin Mohamed Sahari
    Deputy Chief of Executive Officer (Quality Assurance)
    Malaysian Qualifications Agency, Malaysia
  3. Dr. Sohail Salem Bajammal
    Executive Director, National Center for Academic Accreditation and Evaluation (NCAAA) Saudi Arabia

Discussants:

  1. Prof. Dr. Fathul Wahid
    Rector, Universitas Islam Indonesia
  2. Prof. Dr. Amany Lubis
    Rector, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Indonesia

Session Chair:
Dr. Jawaher Shaheen Al Mudhahki
Education & Training Quality Authority, Bahrain

Session II (1.2)
Speakers:

  1. Prof. Drs. T. Basarudin, M.Sc., Ph.D.
    President of IQA & President of Executive Board, National Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (BAN-PT) Indonesia
  2. Prof. Youhansen Eid
    Executive Board Member
    National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE), Egypt
  3. Dr. Tariq Al-Sindi
    Former Executive Secretary of IQA Bahrain

Tentative Discussants:

  1. Prof. Dr. Abdul Haris, M.Ag.
    Rector, UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang, Indonesia
  2. Prof. dr. Fasli Jalal, Sp. GK., Ph. D.
    Rector, Universitas YARSI, Indonesia

Session Chair:
Prof. Dr. Olgun Cicek
Executive Board Member
YÖDAK (Higher Education Council), North Cyprus

AGENDA
Webinar Series I – Session 1.1 (December 8, 2020)

Time (UTC+7)Agenda
2:00 – 2:10 p.m.Opening
2:10 – 2:20 p.m.Opening Remark & Keynote Speech
2:20 – 3:00 p.m.Webinar Session 1.1: Higher Education Accreditation: Survival in the Time of Covid-19
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.Questions and Answer Session
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.Closing and Announcement

Webinar Series I – Session 1.2 (December 15, 2020)

Time (UTC+7)Agenda
2:00 – 2:10 p.m.Opening
2:10 – 2:20 p.m.Opening Remark & Keynote Speech
2:20 – 3:00 p.m.Webinar Session 1.2: Revive and Thrive: Higher Education Accreditation in the Post-Covid-19 Era
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.Questions and Answer Session
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.Closing and Announcement

IMPORTANT DATES

10 Nov.-7 Dec. Registration for participation
8 December  Higher Education Accreditation Survival in the Time of Covid-19
15 December  Revive and Thrive: Higher Education Accreditation in the Post-Covid-19 Era

COMMUNICATION & REGISTRATION

Name : Denisa Rufiana
E-mail : denisa@banpt.or.id
Phone : +62213169609
Whatsapp : +62213169609
     

ORGANIZER

The IQA International Webinar 2020 will be hosted by Universitas Islam Indonesia, the Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Islamic World (IQA), and the National Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (BAN-PT), Republic of Indonesia, and co-hosted by Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, and Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang.

Steering Committee

  • Prof. T. Basaruddin (President of IQA and Director of BAN-PT Executive Board)
  • Prof. Dwiwahju Sasongko (Head of BAN-PT Accreditation Council)
  • Prof. Amany Lubis (Rector of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta)
  • Prof. Abd. Haris (Rector of UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang)
  • Prof. Dr. Fathul Wahid (Rector of Universitas Islam Indonesia)
  • Prof. Babun Suharto (Rector of IAIN Jember, Ketua Forum Rektor PTKIN)
  • Prof. Mansur Ma’shum (IQA Executive Secretary)

Organizing Committee

  • Hangga Fathana, M.A. (Chair – Universitas Islam Indonesia)
  • Dr. Muhammad Zuhdi (Vice Chair – UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta)
  • Dr. M. Abdul Hamid (Vice Chair – UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang)
  • Dr. Nur Kholis (Universitas Islam Indonesia)
  • Mohamad Rezky Utama, M.Si. (Universitas Islam Indonesia)
  • Kariyam, M.Si. (Universitas Islam Indonesia)
  • Dr. Rina Mulyati (Universitas Islam Indonesia)
  • Sigit Pamungkas, M.Com. (Universitas Islam Indonesia)
  • Karina Utami Dewi, M.A. (Universitas Islam Indonesia)
  • Ms. Denisa Rufiana (BAN-PT)

PARTICIPANTS

Participants from various backgrounds are welcome but not limited to:

  1. Higher Education Policymakers
  2. International QA Experts and Practitioners
  3. University Presidents, Chancellors, and Rectors
  4. Assessors, External QA Agency Officials, and 
  5. Quality Officer of the Accreditation Agencies and Universities