2017 MQA Staff Exchange

HEEACT and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) just went through a series of training for the 2017 Staff Exchange on November 26—30 in Taipei, Taiwan!

Since the signing of the MoA in 2012, this was the first time the two agencies came together to share and present what they do best, safeguarding and assuring the quality of higher education back home. A series of knowledgeable events was prepared:

On the first day (November 27 Monday)—four delegates from MQA, Ms. Norasikin Yahya, Ms. Farah Nazreen Zainal Aziz, Ms. Nurain Abdul Rahman, and Mr. Mohd Irzzat Reza Bin Muhd Nur, went on a campus tour at Fu Jen Catholic University (FJU), one of the most prestigious private universities in New Taipei City. Prof. Dr. Ah-Yi Lee(國際教育長李阿乙教授), currently the Dean of International Education, gave a brief yet precise introduction to the academic operations and students’ life on campus. The delegates were then directed to one of the classes of Prof. Angela Hou, where they had a chance to introduce the diverse learning environment in Malaysia and interact vibrantly with the students.

On the second day, the delegates were brought to Chinese Culture University (CCU) to observe the on-site visit process of institutional accreditation. They were greeted cordially by the university President Prof. Dr. Tien-Rien Lee(李天任教授)and other staff members, and sat through the panel session where reviewers asked questions based on their observations and the related staff responded with their experiences.

On the third day, the delegates were brought to Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) for a scenic campus tour, which included a tour at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (KdMOFA) and Center of Art and Technology. Both places hold contemporary art works that allowed the audiences to think outside-the-box and interact with innovative, smart technology. The tour ended with a scenic view at the top of the university, where a deck was provided with a vast, striking view of Taipei City. Currently, HEEACT’s Dean of Office of Quality Assurance, Prof. Dr. Shaw-Ren Lin is also a professor of Arts at TNUA.

Besides visiting campuses and learning the academic environment in Taiwan, HEEACT also hosted presentations and discussions that allowed two agencies to share accreditation works and connect each other’s differences. Two agencies worked professionally and cordially to overcome the obvious language barrier, and to a great success! In the near future, both agencies hope to find a suitable opportunity to conduct a cross-border research project.

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