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Newly elected Members of the AACCUP Board of Trustees for 2017-2019 pose with Members of the Committee on Elections and some members of the Outgoing Board of Trustees 2015-2017.

Keeps audience engaged in her talk

The chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, graced the second day of the 30th Annual National Conference. During her talk,  she alluded herself to a ‘mother’ of all higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country. Being so, she said that ‘a mother (referring to herself) is always looking after the welfare of her children (the HEIs); thus, through her talk, she tries to gear the focus of all HEIs such that quality assurance and internationalization are both given equal importance in all higher education institutions.

Man of the Hour

The commanding voice, his stance on common issues, and his passionate support for the plight of SUCs all over the country —all these have made, Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras,  the President of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and the present President of the newly-established University of Science and Technology in the Philippines , appear as ‘man of the hour’ as he unravels the journey that PASUC has  traversed.

After listening to the well-delivered and substantial report of the outgoing AACCUP President-Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr., in the second day of the 30th AACCUP Annual National Conference (AANC), Dr. Dulce F. Atian remarked that the Board of Trustees (BOTs) 2015-2017  has done a commendable job and that the President’s Report is indeed laudable. On motion by a participant, duly seconded by Dr. Samson L. Molao, the President’s report was accepted. However, there was a suggestion from the floor to include the pictorials in the report, per region.

Dr. Angel C. Alcala, the President of the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA) exemplified in his keynote address during the Opening Program of the 30th AACCUP Annual National Conference, held at the Grand Ballroom of the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila on February 15-17, 2017, that the greatest challenge among SUCs is to keep improving the quality of education. There are several ways to do this such as: achieving more significant results or outcomes in teaching, research extension and development projects, and involving in other activities such as making innovations, and publications of research findings, networking with well-known foreign and ASEAN universities through CHED, through the assistance of  British Universities thereby improving and enriching the academic programs, and continuously focus on internationalizing all the activities and practices to make them at par with big national and international universities.

Two education and quality assurance magnates— none other than the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) President, Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang; and the CHED Commissioner Dr. J. Prospero “Popoy” De Vera have tremendously inspired the participants at Day 1 of the 30th AACCUP Annual National Conference.

Dr. De Vera congratulated AACCUP for continuously rising to meet “access and quality” among SUCs through its continued and strengthened accreditation processes. Dr. De Vera further mentioned that “SUCs must start working together, particularly led by the bigger SUCs bringing every other smaller SUC in going up, not only in the field of accreditation but even in all other concerns”.

With the presence of CHED-Commissioner Dr. De Vera, participants of the conference dished at least two most significant questions which were all related to the Commission on Higher Education.

As early as 6.30 in the morning, some participants were already flocking in at the registration area of Century Park Hotel during Day 1 of the 30th Annual National Conference. An estimated total of more than 400 participants are expected to arrive during this year’s annual national conference, which includes the presence of the University Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Quality Assurance Officers, and other accreditation enthusiasts.

Internalizing Quality Assurance Systems in SUCs and Internationalizing the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc." was the theme in last year’s 29th Annual National Conference held at Century Park Hotel, P. Ocampo St., Malate, Metro Manila on February 17-19, 2016  AACCUP still  upholds the same theme this year, to emphasize its commitment of establishing a culture of quality among SUCs all over the country amidst challenges of internalization and internationalization...

During this annual gathering, five international QA experts were tapped as speakers and discussants. They were:

This year’s AACCUP national conference marks significant beginnings, as the President of the Asia-Pacific Quality Assurance Network (APQN), Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang, has accepted AACCUP’s invitation to serve as one of the guest speakers during the 30th Annual National Conference on February 15-17, 2017 at Century Park Hotel, Malate, Manila.