"Quality Assurance, Qualifications, and Recognition: Fostering Trust in a Globalised World"

Speakers

Indrajit Coomaraswamy

Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy is the current and fourteenth Governor of the Central Bank of Sri....

Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy

Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy is the current and fourteenth Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He completed his university education with a BA (Hons.) Degree from the University of Cambridge and went on to obtain his PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. He joined the Central Bank of Ceylon in 1974 as a staff officer. Dr. Coomaraswamy served the Central Bank for fifteen years, working in the Departments of Economic Research, Statistics and Bank Supervision. However, from 1981 – 1989 he was released from the Bank’s service to serve at the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

He held a number of senior positions at the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1990 – 2008, including Head of the Economic Affairs Division, Deputy Director of the Secretary General’s Office and Interim Director of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Social Transformation Programme Division. He was a member of the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee of CBSL from 2013 – 2015 and Advisor to the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade 2015-2016. Dr. Coomaraswamy was also was associated with a number of research institutes in Sri Lanka.

Deborah Adair

Dr. Deborah Adair is the Executive Director of Quality Matters, a trusted internatio ...

Stig Arne Skjerven

Stig Arne Skjerven is Director of the Foreign Education in NOKUT (Norwegian .....

Troy Williams

Troy Williams is a Managing Director of University Ventures, a $350M venture......

Emeritus Professor Debbie Clayton

Debbie Clayton has worked in the University and ...

Emeritus Professor Debbie Clayton

Debbie Clayton has worked in the University and Government sectors, and as a consultant and director of Clayton International, a private Education Consulting Company. Her consulting has a focus on quality assurance accreditation systems as well as Transnational Education and she works with public and private institutions, as well as onshore and offshore governments.

She is an International Reviewer for the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority, the New Zealand Universities Academic Quality Agency, the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, the Quality Assurance Council of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong, and Papua New Guinea’s Department of Higher Education Science and Technology.

In Australia, she was an Australia Universities Quality Agency auditor and a member of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Establishment Taskforce. She is currently on the register of TEQSA’s external experts for onshore and offshore International Education, corporate governance, and third-party arrangements.

She is the Independent Chair of the Accreditation Committee for Queensland Prevocational Medical Accreditation which accredits prevocational medical intern programs for the State of Queensland to standards set by the Medical Board of Australia.

For 28 years she was a University teaching and research academic, an academic manager, and a manager and leader in international education development. She has a multidisciplinary background in Mathematics, Education and Information Technology and became is an Emeritus Professor of Central Queensland University in 2011.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held, or currently holds, directorships in not-for-profit and for-profit companies and associations related to education.

Jamil Salmi

Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral development banks and bilateral cooperation agencies. Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator. In the past twenty-five years, Dr. Salmi has provided advice on tertiary education development, financing reforms and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in about 100 countries all over the world.

Dr. Salmi is Emeritus Professor of higher education policy at Diego Portales University in Chile and Research Fellow at Boston College’s Center for Higher Education.

Dr. Salmi’s 2009 book addresses the “Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities”. His 2011 book, co-edited with Professor Phil Altbach, was entitled “The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities”. His latest book, “Tertiary Education and the Sustainable Development Goals”, was published in August 2017.

Stig Arne Skjerven

Stig Arne Skjerven is Director of the Foreign Education in NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education). He is leading the Norwegian ENIC-NARIC office, which is charge of recognition of foreign qualifications and information provisions in accordance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention. He has been crucial in developing recognition schemes in Norway, in particular for refugees, displaced persons and persons in refugee-like situations, persons which often lack or have in-verifiable documentation. He has published a number of articles on these issues. Together with his team in NOKUT, he has been crucial in developing the methodology behind the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees, which have been established by Council of Europe. For these contributions, Skjerven - together with Marina Malgina from NOKUT - was awareded the 2017 EAIE Bo Gregersen Award for Best Practice.

Skjerven is elected President of the ENIC Network of recognition of higher education qualifications. He has experience as elected representative of European Association for International Education (EAIE) and the European recognition network (ENIC-NARIC), plus active participation in international work in various field of higher education. He was an appointed member of UNESCO’s Drafting Committee for the Global Convention for Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications. Prior to his work in NOKUT, he has been Director of Academic Affairs at a Norwegian Higher Education Institution, Project Manager in Quality Assurance of Higher Education and worked as a Political Advisor in the field of International Higher Education.

Troy Williams

Troy Williams is a Managing Director of University Ventures, a $350M venture capital and private equity firm investing in the global higher education and talent marketplace. Troy leads the firm's investments in education technology with a particular focus on software and systems for universities generally. UV invests against a number theses, including the growth of online education and increasing importance of quality assurance as an important accelerant of online adoption. Troy led the firm's acquisition of Examity, a leading provider of online proctoring and student authentication services. In addition to Examity, he leading leads the firm's investments in Admit Hub, Ever True, Motimatic, Packback and Ready Education. Prior to UV, Troy was a senior executive at the global learning conglomerate Macmillan where he was CEO of Macmillan Enterprise Solutions and President of Macmillan New Ventures, managing an edtech portfolio of seven companies with a focus on data and analytics, university systems and student performance and outcomes. Troy founded and for nine years was CEO of Questia Media, an early ebook company ultimately sold to Cengage Learning.

Troy received his bachelor's degree in History, Phi Beta Kappa, from Rice University, and his law degree from the Harvard Law School where he was a member of Harvard Law Review. He is on the Advisory Board of Rice University's School of Humanities.

Yaping Gao

With a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction and a concentration on instructi ...

Dr. Yaping Gao

With a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction and a concentration on instructional design and educational technology, Dr. Yaping Gao has over 25 years’ experience in higher education both in China and in USA as faculty, instructional designer, LMS administrator, and online education administrator. Dr. Gao believes quality course and program design supported by research facilitates effective instruction, promotes student engagement and active learning, and lays the foundation for student success.

In her current position as Senior Academic Director of Quality Matters, USA, Dr. Gao oversees and leads member services, external collaborations and international partnerships.

Dr. Gao earned her doctoral degree from Baylor University, Texas, USA, and her Master and Bachelor degrees from Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China.

Jamil Salmi

Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice to....

Dr.Message Deborah Adair

Dr. Deborah Adair is the Executive Director of Quality Matters, a trusted international non-profit organization for quality assurance in online learning. Dr. Adair has more than 25 years’ experience in higher education, in teaching and administration, as well as non-profit leadership and management consulting. She has been in a leadership role at Quality Matters since 2007, leading QM from a grant-funded project to a fully self-supporting organization widely considered as the gold standard for online course design. Her acknowledgements include citations from state and local governments for her work on literacy and women’s issues, the Broward College Alumni Merit Award, and the Nofflet Williams Award for service to the distance learning community.

She has served on advisory boards for the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, the National University Technology Network, the Presidents’ Forum, and Credential Engine. As an expert in quality assurance for online education, Dr. Adair is a frequent keynote speaker, presenter and author.

Tess Goodliffe

Dr Tess Goodliffe is currently a consultant and trainer based in France and Oman. She worked...

Dr Tess Goodliffe

Dr Tess Goodliffe is currently a consultant and trainer based in France and Oman. She worked with the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) from 2007, serving as the Deputy CEO Technical Affairs from 2013 to 2018. Her role in the OAAA supported the development and implementation of the OAAA’s two-stage institutional accreditation process for higher education institutions in Oman and the introduction of quality audits for general foundation programmes as well as the provision of training for higher education institutions and external reviewers. Before joining the OAAA, she was the Associate Dean (Professional Development) for Caledonian College of Engineering, Oman, responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of professional and personal development modules as well as staff professional development, foundation programmes and oversight of student support services including the Library and student activities. Prior to this, Tess worked for the British Council in teacher training and management development in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Tess has had extensive experience working on quality review panels for QAA Scotland, Bahrain Education and Training Quality Authority, and UQAIB in Dubai and has contributed articles and delivered presentations at local, regional and international conferences on quality assurance and enhancement in higher education. Until 2014, she was Reflections Editor for the online journal ‘Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives’. In 2006 Tess was awarded the UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education Silver Badge of Honour for her contribution to engineering education.

Kevin Kinser

Kinser is Professor and Head of the Department of Education Policy Studies,...

Emeritus Professor Debbie Clayton

Kevin Kinser is Professor and Head of the Department of Education Policy Studies, and Senior Scientist in the Center for the Study of Higher Education and Pennsylvania State University. A graduate of Columbia University's Teachers College (New York), Kinser studies non-traditional and alternative higher education, particularly the public policies and organizational structures related to private for-profit institutions and international cross-border higher education. Kinser is co-founder of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) which investigates the scope and impact of international branch campuses worldwide. Kinser is the author or editor of five books and more than 70 articles, chapters, and scholarly reports, and he is regularly invited to present his research at conferences in the United States and abroad. Because of his research, Kinser is regularly sought out by national and international media outlets for commentary on private, for-profit and international higher education. His most recent book is Accreditation on the edge: Challenging Quality Assurance in Higher Education (2018, Johns Hopkins Press).

Carol BOBBY

Carol L. Bobby received her doctorate in counselor education from the University of Florida in...

Dr. Carol BOBBY
Former CEO, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), USA

Carol L. Bobby received her doctorate in counselor education from the University of Florida in 1986. The following year, Dr. Bobby was hired as CEO of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

In addition to her position with CACREP, Dr. Bobby has served in numerous leadership positions, including board president of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), chair of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), and chair of the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education (CQAIE).

Carol has written and presented extensively on issues related to accreditation and quality assurance in higher education. Her service has been recognized through such awards as the American Counseling Association’s Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award in 2006 and the Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visionary Leadership & Advocacy in 2015. In addition, she was the recipient of the ONESQA Plaque of Honour for Contributions to the Development of External Quality Assessment in 2014, an award presented by Thailand’s national accrediting organization, and of ASPA’s Cynthia A. Davenport Award for exceptional contributions in support of specialized and professional accreditation in 2015.

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