The International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) holds its 17th Biennial Conference in Kazakhstan, proudly hosted by its gracious host IQAA.
INQAAHE conferences aim to serve as a platform for collective discussion, and learning from each other and from international thought leaders, with a view to supporting development and enhancement in quality assurance and higher education internationally.
The theme of the Forum revolves around the role of quality assurance in supporting the implementation of the UNESCO’s ‘Roadmap to 2030 Beyond Limits: New Ways to Reinvent Higher Education’, and addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring ‘inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all’ (SDG 4).
Pandemics, conflicts, climate emergencies and economic crises are threatening continued and equitable access to higher education to wide sectors of world population. At the same time digital technologies, flexible learning pathways, innovative approaches to internationalisation, and inclusive education practices, have demonstrated their potential to secure and widen equitable access to quality education and support life-long learning.
These challenges and opportunities have been chartered in the UNESCO’s Roadmap to 2030 Beyond Limits: New Ways to Reinvent Higher Education, which expresses ‘an urgent call for renewed thinking, dialogue, and transformative action’, setting ‘signposts for co-creating more open, inclusive, equitable and collaborative higher education systems.’
The INQAAHE Conference 2023 endeavours to provide a platform to discuss the role that quality assurance can and must play to support progress along this Roadmap towards innovative, flexible and inclusive solutions to support the global agenda on widening access to tertiary education.