13 March 2009

"The Australian" Newspaper Reports Asian Nations Seek to Harmonize HE Systems

At a practical level, harmonization is a long way off. Recently, Malaysian graduates of Japanese universities won the right of recognition of their degrees when they return to Malaysia. Still, transferring grades and credits across international borders is largely a hit-or-miss affair. And American-style accreditation (which has some good but also some very bad aspects) is far from being a universally accepted method of certifying the validity of a degree. I argue that in the future accreditation and intitutional certification should address specialities and modes of delivery. 'Regional accreditation' in the US now seems largely obsolete given the global pretensions of the US as a HE exporter.


Asian nations aim to harmonise systems

ARGUING the case for an extensive overhaul of co-operation and compatibility involving 6500 higher education institutions and 12 million students in 10 widely differing nations is no easy task; and it's particularly onerous if the deadline for implementation is 2015.

Yet last week scholars and bureaucrats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met in Bangkok to take the first faltering steps towards a compatibility and harmonisation agreement, which is among the goals of a Southeast Asian economic union by 2015.

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