The University of the Philippines College of Medicine is vying for certification to the Asean University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA). What is AUN-QA? It is a certifying body composed of educators from different fields and different countries. Quality assurance in higher education is said to be multi-dimensional in concept and scope.

The World Declaration on Higher Education for the Twenty First Century: Vision and Action (October 1998), Article 1: Quality Evaluation considers quality in higher education as “a multi-dimensional concept, which should embrace all its functions, and activities: teaching and academic programmes, research and scholarship, staffing, students, buildings, facilities, equipment, services to the community and the academic environment. Internal self-evaluation and external review, conducted openly by independent specialists, if possible with international expertise, are vital for enhancing quality.”

The Regional Report of Asia and the Pacific (UNESCO, 2003B) defines quality assurance in higher education as “systematic management and assessment procedures to monitor performance of higher education institutions.”

The University of the Philippines College of Medicine under former Dean Agnes Mejia, now under the leadership of Dean Charlotte Chiong is aspiring to be AUN-QA certified. This certification would signify that the UPCM has a high quality of education in all its functions and activities. This would mean that our teaching and academic programmes, research and scholarship, support staff, students, buildings and facilities, equipment and services to the community and academic environment is at par with our ASEAN neighbors. The aim of the UPCM for AUN-QA certification is a step towards quality enhancement of our medical degree programme. The scheduled visit of the AUN-QA assessors is on Aug. 28-30, 2018. The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Development shall oversee the preparations for the accreditation with Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose as the overall coordinator.

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