Thursday, January 31, 2008

International Conference for University Education

International Education Center (INTEC, UiTM), or fondly known as PPP or OPP or PPLN before, is my alma mater, when I did an American Degree Foundation Program (ADFP) in 2000. I was in ATU5 batch of ATU Program.

Came across a conference organized by INTEC - INCUE 2007 – International Education: Preparation, Policy, Implementation and Recognition at
Study Guardian December Issue

Below is the full article:-
The International Education Centre (INTEC) of Universiti Teknologi MARA organised the third ‘International Conference for University Education’ (INCUE) which was held on 4 December 2007 at Holiday Inn Glenmarie, Shah Alam. The event was officiated by Y Bhg Dato’ Prof Dr Hassan Said, Director- General of the Department of Higher Education Management, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.

The conference is held every two years with the most recent themed ‘International Education: Preparation, Policy, Implementation and Recognition’. The third INCUE focused on the business and possibilities of the effective implementation of international education.

The conference aimed to provide an appropriate avenue for interested individuals, educators, principals of institutions of higher learning and managers of education-related corporations to address, strategise and formulate plans for the efficient management of the rapidly-evolving, multi-faceted issues related to international education.

INCUE 2007 invited Assoc Prof Zita Mohd Fahmi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Quality Assurance) of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency to deliver a presentation entitled ‘International Education: LAN Experience and Direction’.

“Internationalisation is the process of integrating the international dimension into teaching and learning, research, staffing and services, and functions of the higher education institutions,” said Assoc Prof Zita.

International education is offered by public universities, private institutions, training centres, foreign campuses and partner universities that confer foreign qualifications. The demand isfueled by the lower cost of education, more flexible study mode, a greater variety of programmes and the attraction of obtaining a foreign degree locally.

She added that the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007 ensured quality education and incorporates international best practices. The Malaysian Qualifications Framework which specifies the levels, credits, learning outcomes and educational pathways of students will be implemented. Also, the Quality Assurance Model will monitor the nine aspects in terms of programme accreditation and audit .

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