Conference Program
 
INQAAHE Conference 2017  
 
“Between Collaboration and Competition: The Promises and Challenges for Quality Assurance in Higher Education”   
 
 
27 February – 2 March 2017
 
Gulf Hotel – Kingdom of Bahrain
 
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Preliminary Programme
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Monday, 27th February 2017 Pre-Conference Workshops
09:00 – 16:00
INQAAHE Committee and Board Meeting
09:00 – 16:00
Conference Registration
09:30 – 12:00
(Concurrent)
Workshop 1 – External Quality Assurance (EQA) and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) for QA agencies
 
 
 
Workshop 2 – The role of National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) in quality assurance and the ramification of self-certification for international recognition purposes.
 
12:00 – 13:00
Prayer & Coffee Break
13:00 – 15:30
(Concurrent)
Workshop 3 – Training reviewers for external quality assurance of HEIs (higher education institutions) and their programmes
 
Facilitator: Dr. Bastian Baumann, EQAA, Germany Germany
Workshop 4 – Assessment of learning outcomes and the concept of ‘value added score’
 
16:00 – 17:00
Networks meeting
 
19:00 – 21:00
Conference Opening Reception
 
 
 
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Tuesday: 28th February, 2017 Conference Day 1
08:00 – 16:00
Registration
09:00 – 10:30
National Anthem
Recital of Holy Quran
Welcome Address:
Welcome Remark:
Keynote Address:
Keynote Address:
Recognition of Conference Keynote Speakers
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00
 
Plenary Session 1: Quality assurance for competitive advantage in the markets for national and international students
Focus: International education is now a hugely competitive market, and national governments and individual providers often see agencies as key tools for developing positional advantage. What are the implications for agencies in seeking to meet these expectations? And, as some agencies position themselves to offer services outside their national jurisdictions, are we also now seeing the emergence of a competitive international market in quality assurance itself? Competition within countries is also intense in many places, is QA seen as a help or a hindrance?
Q&A
12:00 – 13:00
Prayer & Lunch
13:00 – 14:30
Session 1
 
Hall 1
Hall 2
Hall 3
Hall 4
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14:30 – 15:00
Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:00
Plenary Session 2: Quality assurance breaking down barriers for students and providers
Focus: This theme will focus on the role agencies can play in building trust, partnership and mobility for students and providers, and across different modes of learning. From formal structures to staff exchanges, and transnational reviews to student protection schemes, what are the tools and strategies that work in an increasingly connected world? And in this context, what role can students and employers play in agencies' reviews/audits?
 
Q&A
16:00 – 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00
Session 2
 
Hall 1
Hall 2
Hall 3
Hall 4
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Paper 1: TBC
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Paper 7: TBC
Paper 10: TBC
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Paper 5: TBC
Paper 8: TBC
Paper 11: TBC
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20:00 – 22:00
Gala Dinner
 
 
 
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Wednesday: 1st March, 2017 Conference Day 2
08:00 – 16:00
Registration
09:00 – 10:00
 
Plenary Session 3: Are we closer to a global QA and qualifications framework?
Focus: From the GGP to CHEA’s new International Principles, to regional quality assurance (QA) and Qualification Frameworks (QF) in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Arab world, there are now structures which hold out the promise of an approach to a system which can transcend national boundaries and constraints. But QA & QF is still overwhelmingly delivered by agencies constructed on national lines. Is global recognition of institutions and qualifications a dream or a likely reality? Is self-certification a major tool for international recognition of qualifications and awards? What should be the relationship between national and international, or even global, frameworks? Do we see complementarity or conflict?
Chaired:    Dr. Maiki Udam, INQAAHE Director  
 
Q&A
10:00 – 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00
Session 3
 
Hall 1
Hall 2
Hall 3
Hall 4
Chaired by: TBC
Chaired by: TBC
Chaired by: TBC
Chaired by: TBC
Paper 1: TBC
Paper 4: TBC
Paper 7: TBC
Paper 10: TBC
Paper 2: TBC
Paper 5: TBC
Paper 8: TBC
Paper 11: TBC
Paper 3: TBC
Paper 6: TBC
Paper 9: TBC
Paper 12: TBC
12:00 – 13:00
Prayer & Lunch
13:00 – 14:00
Plenary Session 4: The Quality Assurance agenda for the next 25 years
Focus: Challenges to independence and funding; the challenge of relevance and connection with students, employers and the professional accreditation bodies; the challenges of migration, and refugee students and scholars; the pressures of reconciling collaboration and competition; e-learning that crosses institutional and national boundaries; and increasingly sophisticated challenges to academic integrity. What will the next 25 years hold for higher education, quality assurance, agencies and the students and institutions we serve?
Chaired:    Mr. Anthony McClaran, INQAAHE Director
 
Q&A
14:00 – 14:30
Coffee break
14:30 – 16:00
Session 4
 
Hall 1
Hall 2
Hall 3
Hall 4
Chaired by: TBC
Chaired by: TBC
Chaired by: TBC
Chaired by: TBC
Paper 1: TBC
Paper 4: TBC
Paper 7: TBC
Paper 10: TBC
Paper 2: TBC
Paper 5: TBC
Paper 8: TBC
Paper 11: TBC
Paper 3: TBC
Paper 6: TBC
Paper 9: TBC
Paper 12: TBC
16:00 – 18:00
General Assembly
18:00 – 18:30
Closing remarks and closing ceremony
 
  
 
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Thursday: 2nd March, 2017
09:00 – 14:00
Tour – visit Bahrain Museum and Old Souq *
09:00 – 18:00
UNESCO Regional Meeting - By Invitation
 
 
 
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Friday: 3rd March, 2017
09:00 – 13:00
INQAAHE Board Meeting
 
 
*Pre-registration is required, kindly send an email to inqaaheconf@bqa.gov.bh.