2016 was a year of substantial changes to the operations of INQAAHE through the development of new plans for how best to meet the strategic objectives outlined in the INQAAHE Strategic Plan 2013-2017 with the primary aim to boost the position of INQAAHE as the world leader in quality assurance (QA) and the premium umbrella organisation for fostering quality assurance in tertiary education worldwide.
The highlight of the year was a renewed and focused interest from the membership in getting involved with the initiatives of INQAAHE; some notable ones include the following:
- Introduction of a new edition of the INQAAHE Guidelines of Good Practice with enhanced procedures
- INQAAHE Funding Scheme to support capacity building of our members;
- INQAAHE impact, challenges and trends – a study aimed at promoting relevance and visibility of INQAAHE;
- INQAAHE major initiative on combatting corruption through the establishment of an Integrity Assessment Framework for Higher Education (HE) Systems;
- Enhanced collaboration with regional networks and lead international organisations - the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education, Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN), Commonwealth of Learning (CoL), International Consortium of Distance Education (ICDE), the World Bank, Council of Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group (CIQG), Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE) and Association of Arab Universities (AAU) amongst others - to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, in particular Goal 4 on education. INQAAHE plans to work more closely with individual governments to advance the implementation and attainment of this noble Goal;
- Formation of the Marjory Peace Lenn Centre for Quality Assurance in International Education.