Thursday, 2 July 2015

5th Happiness DNA Public Workshop

The 5th Happiness DNA public workshop was held on 25 & 26 June 2015. The workshop was facilitated by Chief Happiness Coach, Mr Johnson Ong Chee Bin of Living Better with collaboration with ASK Training Pte Ltd.

The 2-day workshop is based on the principles of positive psychology, and physical, mental and emotional therapies and techniques. It is taught in a unique change methodology where participants first determine the level of their happiness in the eight dimensions of the happiness DNA. How to nurture and sustain the  eight dimensions of the happiness DNA is then introduced. The workshop concluded with an action plan to address the gaps in the happiness DNA.

Below are what some participants said about the workshop.

"A very good and light-hearted course for self-improvement and self-realisation. Helps to manage emotions better than other courses."

"Able to relax and know how to live a more purposeful life."

"The art on how to achieve internal and external happiness."

46th AUN-QA Assessment at Chulalongkorn University

The 46th AUN-QA Assessment for programme level at Chulalongkorn University was held from 22 to 24 June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Bachelor of Arts in Economics Programme was assessed by Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin (AUN-QA Expert, Singapore) and A/Prof Tan Kay Chuan from the National University of Singapore.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

3rd AUN-QA Assessors Training Workshop

The 3rd AUN-QA Assessors Training Workshop was held for universities in Thailand from 18 to 24 June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was uniquely designed to give a "hyper-real" experience by incorporating both "simulated assessment environment" in the classroom and "live assessment" observation of the 46th AUN-QA Assessment for the Economics study programme at Chulalongkorn University.

The workshop aims to equip participants with the essential competencies to carry out an AUN-QA programme assessment. It covers the following learning outcomes:
  • Apply the PDCA approach in quality assessment;
  • Prepare a quality assessment;
  • Conduct a desktop assessment for a programme;
  • Conduct a site assessment including stakeholders’ interviews, site tour and documentation review; and
  • Write assessment feedback, presentation and report

The workshop was jointly organised by ASEAN University Network (AUN) and Chulalongkorn University. It was attended by 17 participants from Chulalongkorn University, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Mahidol University, Naresuan University, Srinakharinwirot University, and Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Visit to Universitas Islam Negeri Malang, Indonesia

A delegate from ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance represented by  Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, Deputy Executive Director; Prof. Dr. Arnulfo A. Azcarraga of De La Salle University; Mr. Korn Ratanagosoom of AUN Secretariat; and Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin, AUN-QA Expert (Singapore) was invited to visit Universitas Islam Negeri in Malang, Indonesia on 10 June 2015. The delegate was warmly received by Prof. Dr. H. Mudjia Rahardjo, Rector of Universitas Islam Negeri, Maulana Malik Ibrahim, Malang. An overview of Universitas Islam Negeri was presented by the Rector followed by sharing of AUN-QA activities and quality assurance in higher education.

Friday, 12 June 2015

45th AUN-QA Assessment at Universitas Brawijaya

The 45th AUN-QA Assessment for programme level at Universitas Brawijaya was held from 8 to 10 June 2015 in Malang, Indonesia.Three study programmes, namely; Agricultural Engineering, Biology, and Economics of Development were assessed. The assessment of the Economics of Development study programme was led by Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin (AUN-QA Expert, Singapore) with Associate Professor Dr Sany Sanuri Mohd Mokhtar from Universiti Utara Malaysia.

Opening Ceremony

Stakeholders' Interviews

Stakeholders' Interviews

Stakeholders' Interviews

Stakeholders Interviews

Closing Ceremony

Monday, 25 May 2015

Quality Enhancement and Quality Assurance

Quality enhancement has become a popular requirement in most higher education quality assurance frameworks in Europe. Is quality enhancement the current and future focus of quality assurance in higher education or is it simply an old wine in a new bottle? To answer the question, let's examine the perspectives of quality assurance and quality enhancement in higher education. 

Middlehurst, R (1997) defines quality enhancement as part of a wider framework of quality management.  Quality assurance is about determining the objectives and how these objectives can be achieved while quality enhancement is concerned with making improvements.

Biggs, J (2001) defines quality enhancement as the internal mechanisms that an institution puts in place to continually review and improve practice. Quality assurance tends to be retrospective as it looks into the past to make a judgement with a focus on accountability. On the other hand, quality enhancement  tends to be prospective which is concerned with the present and future, focusing on quality as fit for purpose and encouraging improvement. 

Inglis, A (2005) defines quality assurance as a process by which a product or service is compared with a predetermined internal or external standard. Quality enhancement or improvement is about an internal comparison between the current standard and the standard being targeted.

With the above perspectives, what is your view of quality enhancement and quality assurance? Is it an old wine in a new bottle?

Happiness Exchange

Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin, Chief Happiness Coach of Living Better visited the School of Human Resource Development (SHRD) at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) on 30 April 2015, Bangkok to exchange happiness practices with the authors of "102 Happy Workplaces" in Thailand. The book describes the best practices in happiness at 102 organisations in Thailand.