Three UPLB undergraduate degree programs undergo AUN-QA assessment

Three undergraduate degree programs of UPLB are now undergoing programme assessment by the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA).

These are the BS Agricultural Biotechnology and BS Food Science and Technology programs of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) and the BS Economics program of the College of Economics and Management (CEM). These programs are being evaluated through online and remote means in the 304th AUN-QA Programme Assessment held from Nov. 21-25. 

Preparations in UPLB began in September 2022, with the submission of the self-assessment reports (SAR), holding of orientation programs, readiness tests, management team meetings, and other final preparations.

The opening program was a hybrid event held on Nov. 21, with the in-person program streamed from the REDREC Auditorium. It was attended by UPLB officials, the college quality assurance officers, CAFS and CEM executive committee members, the SAR writing team, and faculty and staff from the colleges.  The AUN-QA assessors participated in the program from their respective locations.

Dr. Nguyen Quoc Chin of Vietnam National University (VNU) in Ho Chi Minh City and Asst. Prof. Dr. Karanrat Soonthornpun of Prince of Songkia University in Thailand are the assessors for BSABT. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Quang Minh of VNU and Prof. Dr. Thanongsack Duangdala of the National University of Laos are the evaluators for BSFST. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ornsiri Cheunsuang of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prastawa Budi of Universitas Hasanuddin in Indonesia are the assessors for BSEcon. 

Dr. Nguyen Quoc Chin and Dr. Le Quang Minh are also serving as lead assessors, while Dr. Ornsiri Cheunsuang is serving as chief assessor.

The opening program was followed by a meeting with the deans, heads of SAR teams, and heads of the departments. The deans gave a briefing of their respective programs after which UPLB held a live online tour of its facilities. The first day of the assessment ended with a series of interviews with academic staff. 

The closing program will take place on Nov. 25, where preliminary findings of the assessors will be presented and the chief assessor will provide a wrap-up presentation. 

UPLB has seven existing certifications from AUN-QA, namely in BS Agriculture, BS Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, BS Biology, BS Chemical Engineering, BS Development Communication, BS Forestry, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. 
UPLB’s QA endeavors are overseen and coordinated by the UPLB Quality Assurance Office, headed by Dr. Nina M. Cadiz, UPLB QA officer, who is herself an AUN-QA-trained assessor. (Katrina Anne E. Blanco)

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