The University’s BS Agriculture and BS Forestry degree programs were evaluated for certification under the ASEAN University Network Quality Assessment (AUN-QA) on Jan 23-25. The assessment uses standards created by the AUN, which aim to increase the quality of education in the ASEAN region.
In the opening program at Drilon Hall in SEARCA on Jan 23, UPLB officials, faculty, staff, and students welcomed Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, AUN executive director ; Wilasinee Sittisomboon, AUN programme officer; and the assessment team composed of Dr. Le Quang Minh and Dr. Argus Setiabudi for the BSA program, and Dr. Wan Ahmad Kamil Mahmood and Dr. Ir. Johannes Pramana Gentur Sutapa for the BSF program.
In his welcome remarks, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. said that ensuring that [UPLB]’s academic standards for the BS Agriculture and BS Forestry programs remain competitive, if not, at par with its overseas counterparts, has always been a priority, and that the assessment will help the University identify how the programs can contribute in achieving the goals and aspirations of the ASEAN community.
Dr. Dhirathiti led the introduction of the AUN assessment team and said in his opening remarks that the AUN is “ready to take on the new frontier of development.” He also explained that the quality assessment is not about finding faults in the program, but learning about the program through its documents and stakeholders.
On Jan. 23-24, the AUN team evaluated campus facilities and interviewed management, academic, and support staff, alumni, employers, and students of the BSA and BSF programs. They discussed the key results of the assessment in a closed door meeting with the UPLB executive committee on Jan 25.
During the closing session, Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, said that the assessment identified vital points for improvement, which were timely, since the BSA and BSF programs are due for revision in February. Dr. Lapitan said that UPLB is committed to upholding the services and goals that the AUN has committed to and called upon UPLB constituents to continue to work for the improvement and betterment of UPLB and the ASEAN region.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dhirathiti revealed in his closing remarks that the employees and staff of the BSA and BSF programs were one of the best that they have assessed so far and said that the inputs and assistance they received from them greatly contributed to the final assessment of the programs. He commended UPLB for prioritizing quality education and said that UPLB’s efforts to improve will not only benefit itself but also the quality of ASEAN education. (JJA Arana)