Sunday, 29 April 2012

2nd AUN-QA Training for Non-Members


The “AUN-QA Training Course for Accomplishing Programme Assessment” was organised for Non-AUN members by AUN Secretariat. The 4-day workshop was held from 16 – 19 April 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 4-day course aims to introduce the AUN-QA system and enhance quality assurance practices. It is held for professionals who are in charge of quality assurance at programme and/or institutional level from universities in ASEAN.

The content of the workshop encompasses:

  • Introduction of quality assurance in higher education
  • AUN quality assessment process
  • Self-assessment at programme level
  • Study visit to Chulalongkorn University

The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Johnson Ong together with facilitators from the National University of Singapore. The workshop was attended by 26 participants from Sultan Aharif Ali Islamic University, Institut Teknologi Brunei, Binus University, Bogor Agricultural University, Instit Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Universitas Airlangga, Universitas Indonesia, Hasanuddin University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Naresuan University, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Kasetsart University, KhonKhaen University, Hue University, International University, Ho Chi Minh City,  and Universiti Brunei Darussalam.


About Johnson Ong Chee Bin (汪智民)

Johnson is the Founder and Chief Happiness Coach of Living Better, which empowers individuals and organisations to live a purposeful and fulfilling mission. He specialises in personal and customer happiness, AUN-QA models, quality management, human resource management & development, change management, and strategic planning & execution. He has more than 30 years of operational and management experiences in manufacturing, telecommunications, postal services, logistics, training and education, and has held key management and leadership positions throughout his career. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) Institute of Higher Learning. He is also an Associate Trainer with the Singapore Quality Institute and Quality Learning Hub, and an Senior Associate Consultant with the Asia Academy for Retailing.

Johnson is an AUN-QA Expert appointed by the Secretary-General of the Office of Higher Education Commission and the Chairman of the AUN Board of Trustees. He is actively involved in the AUN actual quality assessment and training of Chief Quality Officers (CQOs) and assessors at the AUN-QA network. He is instrumental in writing the “Guidelines for AUN Quality Assessment and Assessors” and the editing of the “Guide to AUN Actual Quality Assessment at Programme Level”. He is the content developer and facilitator for AUN-QA Assessors Workshop, CLMV Countries Workshop, and the AUN-QA Training Course for Accomplishing Programme Assessment Workshop. He is also an IQA expert in the ASEAN-QA project jointly organised by AUN, AQAN, DAAD, DIES, ENQA, HRK, SEAMEO-RIHED and Universitat Potsdam. He was appointed as a trainer at the 2nd East African Quality Assurance Forum 2012 organised by IUCEA, HRK and DAAD.


In his last appointment, Johnson was the Associate Director with the Office of Quality Management, National University of Singapore. He provided consultancy and training in service excellence and quality management system. He has designed, developed and facilitated more than 50 workshops and trained more than 1,000 NUS staff members in Balanced Scorecard, Business Process Re-engineering and Improvement, Innovation, Service Excellence, ISO 9001 and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

In his previous employment, Johnson has successfully accredited Nanyang Polytechnic-School of Business, Singapore Post Pte Ltd, DataPost Pte Ltd, Air Express International (S) Pte Ltd, AEI Ocean Service Pte Ltd, AEI Warehousing & Distribution Pte Ltd, Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific Parts Centre and AEI-Delphi Distribution Centre in ISO 9001/9002 certification.

Johnson is a member (2007 – 2012) of the Quality Management Technical Committee (QMTC) administered by Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING) Singapore and the role of the QMTC is to develop, adopt and promote relevant management systems standards for the purpose of helping Singapore companies improve their management practices through standardisation. QMTC approves and publishes many popular quality standards in Singapore including ISO 9001, ISO 9004 and ISO 19011.


Johnson is an author and passionate writer (see Resources). Many of his works are published in Productivity Digest, SQI Newsletter, Today’s Manager, Human Capital and Human Capital Plus. 

Johnson holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Management Studies from the University of London. He also holds a Specialist Diploma in Applied Learning and Teaching (SDALT) from Republic Polytechnic and an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) from the Institute for Adult Learning. He is a certified practitioner in neuro-linguistics programming (NLP), and a certified facilitator for extended DISC profiling and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People programme.






Saturday, 14 April 2012

Self-Assessment Report (SAR) Development Training


The PDCA Approach to SAR Development workshop was customised for Universitas Indonesia (UI) with the objective of preparing the teaching staff as facilitators in developing Self Assessment Report (SAR) for their programmes.

At the end of the workshop, participants learn to: 

  • Apply the PDCA approach to SAR development; Understand the AUN QA criteria at programme level;
  • Understand the requirements of SAR;
  • Apply the technique for writing SAR; and
  • Appreciate the AUN QA assessment process

The 2-day workshop was held at UI on 15 & 16 Nov 2010 in Jakarta, Indonesia.







Tuesday, 10 April 2012

UN Resolution on Happiness

2 April was a special day where world leaders gathered to deliberate the resolution on happiness - Resolution 65/309 Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York Monday said “Gross National Product has long been the yardstick by which economies and politicians have been measured. Yet it fails to take into account the social and environmental costs of so-called progress. We need a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define gross global happiness".

Bhutan introduced the idea of “Gross National Happiness” in the early 1970s and in 2011 the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution noting that using a purely financial indicator “does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people in a country.”
A copy of the World Happiness Report can be obtained at  http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/sitefiles/file/Sachs%20Writing/2012/World%20Happiness%20Report.pdf

Reference source: 
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/03/10995853-be-happy-not-just-rich-says-un-chief-ban-ki-moon


1st AUN-QA Training for Non-Members


The “AUN-QA Training Course for Accomplishing Programme Assessment” was organised for Non-AUN members by AUN Secretariat. The 4-day workshop was held from 3 – 6 October 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 4-day course aims to introduce the AUN-QA system and enhance quality assurance practices. It is held for professionals who are in charge of quality assurance at programme and/or institutional level from universities in ASEAN.

The content of the workshop encompasses:


  • Introduction of quality assurance in higher education
  • AUN quality assessment process
  • Self-assessment at programme level
  • Study visit to Chulalongkorn University


The workshop was facilitated by A/Prof Tan Kay Chuan, Mr. Johnson Ong and Mr. Zhou Qi from the Office of Quality Management, National University of Singapore. The workshop was attended by 22 participants from Universitas Indonesia, Bogor Agricultural University, Diponegoro University, Burapha University, Kasetsart University, Khon Kaen University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Naresuan University, Thammasat University, and Can Tho University. 







ASEAN-QA Project Part 1 and 2


The ASEAN-QA Training Workshop on Quality Assurance is a three-part training programme. Part 1 was jointly hosted by ASEAN University Network (AUN) and Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA), from 17 – 21 October 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand. Part II was hosted by University of Potsdam from 19 - 23 March 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors´ Conference (HRK), and the University of Potsdam together with partners from Southeast Asia and Europe: ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN), ASEAN University Network (AUN), European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), and the Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED) initiated the ASEAN-QA project which aims at developing capacity in the field of quality assurance (QA) in the ASEAN region. A multi-part training course has been offered to two main target groups: university staff dealing with internal QA matters, and agency staff being employed in the external QA sector. 
The overall objectives of the ASEAN-QA project are to: 
  • Promote exchanges of QA experiences between European and Southeast Asian experts;
  • Contribute to harmonisation of QA policies in the region; and
  • Provide hands-on training to relevant stakeholders: university staff, QA officers, accreditation agency representatives, and peers.
The 5-day training workshop for each part consists of two tracks: Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) and an External Quality Assurance (EQA). The IQA track aims to prepare participants how to prepare a self-assessment report for a study programme while the EQA track aims to prepare participants how to conduct an external assessment of a study programme. The IQA track was facilitated by Mr Johnson Ong together with other AUN and European trainers.
  











Enhancing Quality Assurance Workshop for CLMV Countries in Myanmar


The training workshop on “Enhancing Quality Assurance” for CLMV countries in Myanmar was hosted by Myanmar Maritime University, Yangon, Myanmar from 22 – 25 August 2011. The 4-day workshop titled “Training on Enhancing Quality Assurance in CLMV Countries” was held from 22 – 25 Aug 2011 with the following objectives:

§  Develop and Strengthen QA system in CLMV countries through the use of the AUN-QA Guidelines and the AUN-QA Manual.
§  Build up QA personnel team in CLMV countries.
§  Improve and upgrade quality of education management in CLMV countries.
§  Assist and sustain AUN-QA network.

The workshop was facilitated by A/Prof Tan Kay Chuan, and Mr Johnson Ong from the Office of Quality Management, National University of Singapore. The workshop was attended by 25 participants from University of Yangon, Yangon Institute of Economics, Myanmar Maritime University, Myanmar Mercantile Marine College and Department of Marine Administration; and seven observers from the Quality Management System Office from the Myanmar Maritime University and civil aviation training authority in Myanmar.

The workshop was graced by Mr Win Shein, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport at the opening ceremony on 22 Aug 2011. The event was covered and reported in the local press and media.

The workshop covered a brief development of AUN-QA, AUN-QA quality assurance models, and the quality assessment process. Hands-on exercises requiring participants to conduct a desktop assessment at programme level and draft a quality assurance plan were carried out during the workshop.









13th AUN Actual Quality Assessment


The 13th AUN Actual Quality Assessment for programme level at Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam was held on 6 & 7 December 2011The Assessment for programme level involved the following three programmes:
  • Vietnamese Studies
  • Biotechnology
  • Manufacturing Engineering
Mr. Johnson Ong was appointed as the Senior Assessor to lead the assessment of the Vietnamese Studies programme. 






11th AUN Actual Quality Assessment

The 11th AUN Actual Quality Assessment for programme level at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia was held from 19 – 21 June 2011. The 11th AUN Quality Assessment for programme level at Universitas Gadjah Mada involved the following three programmes at the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Engineering:

  • Biology
  • Geology Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mr. Johnson Ong was appointed as the Senior Assessor to lead the assessment of the Civil and Environmental Engineering programme. 



9th AUN Actual Quality Assessment


The 9th AUN Actual Quality Assessment for programme level at De La Salle University, Manila was held from 22 – 24 November 2010. The Assessment for programme level at De La Salle University involved the following three programmes at the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science:
  • Psychology
  • Literature
  • Chemistry
The assessment of the Psychology programme was led by Mr. Johnson Ong, National University of Singapore with Dr. Lin Naing @ Mohd. Ayub Sadiq, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.



 

8th AUN Actual Quality Assessment


The 8th AUN Actual Quality Assessment at Programme Level for Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Universitas Indonesia was held from 12 – 14 October 2010.

The assessment for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture was led by Mr. Johnson Ong from the National University of Singapore with Dr. Vu Thi Phuong Anh from the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City.








7th AUN Actual Quality Assessment


The 7th AUN Actual Quality Assessment at Programme Level for Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, and Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Programmes at the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) was held from 10 -12 December 2009.
  
The assessment teams appointed by AUN Secretariat for the 3 programmes were tabulated below.


Assessment Teams


Information Technology  Programme:
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Ahmad Kamil Mahmood (Senior Assessor)
  • Prof. Dr. Arnulfo A. Azcarraga (Junior Assessor)
  • Dr. Titi Savitri Prihatiningsih (Junior Assessor


Computer Science and Engineering Programme:

  • Prof. Dr. Amelia P. Guevara (Senior Assessor)
  •  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Satria Bijaksana (Junior Assessor)
  • Dr. Ir. Johannes Pramana Gentur Sutapa (Junior Assessor

Electronics and Telecomunications Programme:

  •          Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin (Senior Assessor)
  •          Assoc. Prof. Dr. Parames Chutima (Junior Assessor)
  •          Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suprijadi Harjono (Junior Assessor)


The assessment for the Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Programme at the University of Technology was led by Mr Johnson Ong from the National University of Singapore. The other 2 members in his team were Assoc Prof Dr Parames Chutima from Chulalongkorn University and Assoc Prof Dr Suprijadi Harjono from the Institut Teknologi Bandung.

1st and 2nd AUN-QA Assessors Training Workshops


As part of AUN-QA capacity building for assessors, the 1st and 2nd AUN-QA Assessors Training Workshops were held on 3 December 2008 and 12 - 13 October 2009 respectively.

The workshops were facilitated by Assoc Prof Tan Kay Chuan and Mr Johnson Ong from the National University of Singapore.  19 assessors were trained in the 2 workshops.The objectives of the workshop were:

§  Share knowledge and experiences in AUN-QA quality assessments
§  Develop the level of competence of AUN-QA assessors
§  Develop a pool of trained AUN-QA assessors

The workshop covered a brief development of AUN-QA, AUN-QA criteria and the quality assessment process. Hands-on exercises requiring participants to conduct a desktop assessment at programme level based on the self-assessment reports.









3rd AUN Actual Quality Assessment


The 3rd AUN actual assessment was held at the University of Indonesia from 10 - 12 December 2008. The appointed assessors for the two programmes were:.

Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering
Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering
·         Prof Dr Fauza Ab. Ghaffar, University of Malaya
·         Mr Johnson Ong, National University of Singapore
·         Assoc Prof Dr Damrong Thawesaengskulthai, Chulalongkorn University
·         Assoc Prof Dr Nguyen Phuong Nga, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

 

2nd AUN Actual Quality Assessment

The 2nd  AUN actual assessment was held at the De La Salle University - Manila, Philippines from 11 - 13 August 2008 with the aim to carry out the actual quality assessment at the programme level for Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics at the College of Engineering and College of Business and Economics respectively. 



The appointed assessors for the two programmes were:

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics
·         Prof Dr Amelia P Guevara, University of the Philippines
·         Assoc Prof Dr Wan Ahmad Kamil Mahmood, Universiti Sains Malaysia
·         Assoc Prof Dr Damrong Thawesaengskulthai, Chulalongkorn University
·         Assoc Prof Tan Kay Chuan and
Mr Johnson Ong, National University of Singapore







Monday, 9 April 2012

1st AUN Actual Quality Assessment

The first AUN Actual Quality Assessment at programme level was carried out at the University of Malaya on 12 - 14 December 2007. The actual assessment at programme level was held at the Faculty of Engineering for two undergraduate programmes, namely Biomedical Engineering and Computer Aided Design/ Manufacturing Engineering. I was a member of a three-member assessment team to assess the Computer Aided Design/ Manufacturing Engineering programme. The other CQOs’ assessment team was from the Universiti Sains Malaysia and the University of the Philippines.


The developed templates and assessment process were put to test and the assessment process was fine-tuned after the assessment. The assessment process was evaluated by a peer from Europe.