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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”.

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:

During the Asia-Pacific Quality Assurance Network (APQN) Conference held at Natadola, Fiji Islands on May 25-27, 2016, the AACCUP Executive Director, Dr. Manuel T. Corpus was elected as a  member of the Board of Trustees of the APQN.

The APQN Board of Trustees are the following: Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang (President), Prof. Angela Hou Yung-chi (Vice-President), Prof. Li Yaogang (Secretary/Treasurer), then the three Board members: Dr. Manuel T. Corpus, Ms. Malini Nair-Prasad, and Prof. Dr. Galina Motova; and finally Dr. Jagannath Patil (Past President as Ex-officio member).

Upon the invitation of the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG), the AACCUP Board of Trustees accepted the invitation and approved AACCUP in its application for membership under BOT Resolution No. 030, s.2016 during its meeting held last March 14, 2016.

The biggest single index of a quality-assured academic program is its accreditation status and the commitment to sustain and upgrade it. As years pass in AACCUP accreditation history, there is generally an uptrend in the number of programs that continuously keep updating and upgrading their levels of accreditation.

The increasing number of programs to be accredited coupled with the increasing number of member-SUCs provide an impetus for AACCUP to expand its office.

The QA Specialists Room

With the newly-finished renovation, the Quality Assurance Specialists moved to the new office (4-LM), located just opposite the existing office at Future Point Plaza III, Panay Avenue, Quezon City. Indeed, the new ambience in this office hopes to provide a new work atmosphere for the QA specialists for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.