Third Global Conference for Specialized and Professional Accreditors in cooperation with ASPA

New Initiatives in Quality Assurance based on field-specific Learning Outcomes

Berlin, Germany – Monday, 2 May 2016

Pre-Conference workshop to the 2016 ASIIN Interntional Conference “Quality Assurance in Higher Education – the unsolved Mystery of its untapped Potential” How can we jointly tackle the five remaining grand challenges? on 3-4 May 2016.


Steigenberger Hotel, Location and Directions

Target Group

  • Representatives of international Quality Assurance Agencies
  • Representatives of Recognition Authorities
  • Representatives of the national and international higher education community
  • Representatives of the professional organizations


The pre-conference workshop will explore the current state of affairs in subject-specific and professional accreditation.
In some regions such as in Africa, further steps are taken towards making harmonization of higher education quality and quality assurance a reality. A new initiative financed by the European Commission is set to support these developments which will be complemented by an overview of other world regions. In Europe the next phase of external quality assurance is initiated. A new project will determine whether achieved learning outcomes can be measured and compared in a number of disciplines. This will be viewed in light of the AHELO project results. All of these developments will be analyzed against the backdrop of current developments in the US.


The presentations are available below.


From 09:00

10:00 – 13:00
Possibility to participate in morning pre-conference workshops

14:00 – 14:15
Introduction to the Third Global Conference
Dr. Iring Wasser, President EASPA

14:15 – 14:45
Development of the Quality Assurance system for Aerospace Engineering in Europe
Prof. Franco Bernelli, Politecnico di Milano

14:45 – 15:15
Measuring and Comparing Achievements of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education in Europe (CALOHEE Project)
Robert Wagenaar, Director International TUNING Academy, University of Groningen

15:15 – 15:45
Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes – What comes after the AHELO-Project?
Hamish Coates, University of Melbourne

15:45 – 16:15
Coffee break

16:15 – 16:40
Specialized Quality Assurance in other World Regions – An overview
Jagannath Patil, President International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education

16:40 – 17:00
State of Play of Specialized and Professional Accreditation in the US
Joseph Vibert, Executive Director, Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)

End of the conference

Possibility to join Tour of Berlin

“Professional Higher Education Accreditation – why does it matter more than ever?”

4th ASIIN/EASPA Global QA Conference in Higher Education 2017

This is the official website for the 4th ASIIN/EASPA Global QA Conference 2017 which took place on 11 December 2017, in the beautiful city of Düsseldorf, Germany.

The 4th Global Conference on “Professional Higher Education Accreditation: Why does it matter more than ever?” united leading higher education QA experts from around the globe and presented the state of research with regard to the following topics:

  • Measuring and comparing achievement in Higher Education systems: Holy Grail or Curse?
  • Impact and value added of subject specific and professional accreditation.
  • Professional accreditation as a strategic priority in global HE and QA agendas (e.g. United States, Arab Region as well as Africa)
  • Combining professional Learning outcome based QA systems with national institutional and program accreditation schemes
  • New developments in the field of European and global disciplinary accreditation and quality assurance

On 12 December 2017 the EASPA General Assembly was organized.