HEEACT and KUAI signs MOU

First and foremost, HEEACT signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Korean University Accreditation Institute (KUAI) on July 3, 2017 at Seoul, South Korea. Before the signing ceremony, both quality assurance agencies shared in good faith the operational works and collaboration plans that were successfully carried out in the past years. KUAI’s representative President Joon Yul Choi shared the current status of Korean higher education and the challenges it currently faces. Expanding and strengthening its accreditation criteria and increasing international organizations and networks cooperation are an extensive change the agency can work towards in the near future. HEEACT’s representative Executive Director Angela Yung-Chi Hou, facing a drastic change in policy of program accreditation being compulsory to voluntary, agreed partnering with local and international agencies and sharing works and results is presumably a lengthy challenge in quality assurance. Each with the responsibility of leading his own team, both signed the MOU amicably and look forward to a rewarding collaboration in the near future.

Korean University Accreditation Institute (KUAI), under the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE), was established in 2009 and is the only one institutional accrediting agency for 4-year universities in Korea. KUAI’s main purpose is to assure the quality of higher education and evaluates the performance of higher education. KUAI makes a judgment based on self-evaluation reports submitted by institutions and site visits, and monitors the evaluation of accredited institutions to see if the quality of education has been met. KUAI also provides 4-year universities with standards and guidelines for self-evaluation.

The 1st cycle of Institutional Accreditation started in 2011 and ended in 2015, with a total of 172 accredited universities. The second cycle has begun in 2016 and is still an ongoing development, with an estimated 170 universities undergoing accreditation. The primary goal of the second cycle is to strengthen the university's responsibility along with increased institutional autonomy.

KUAI is a full member of International Network for Quality Assurance Evaluation Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and Asia-Pacific Quality Assurance Network (APQN). In addition, KUAI has formal agreements with these international quality assurance agencies: HEEACT (Taiwan), JIHEE, HEEC, NIAD-QE, JUAA (Japan).

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