INQAAHE Conference 2023
Roadmap to Enabling Quality in Tertiary Education 2030

May 29, 2023




INQAAHE International Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education

The INQAAHE International Standards and Guidelines for QA in Tertiary Education are designed to promote a robust internal quality assurance of diverse EQA providers in the pursuance of ongoing relevance, enhancement, efficiency, trust and, therefore, recognition and systemic transformations. The workshop provides an interactive platform facilitating establishment and operationalization of an internal quality assurance system for a quality assurance provider/accreditor as per the INQAAHE ISGs. It offers a suite of tools to productively integrate, make use of and benefit from international quality hallmarks (ISGs) in a real-world scenario. A special focus on intricacies crucial for success for any QA model in a diversity of contexts and cultures will add value for the target audience, regardless of the years of experience.  

Facilitated by:

Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan

Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan is employed by the Abu Dhabi Government as Higher Education Policy & Regulation Director at the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge in the United Arab Emirates. She consults governments on policymaking, governance as well as external and internal QA systems in a diversity of contexts globally. Dr. Karakhanyan’s expertise evolves around tertiary education in general and policymaking, governance and quality assurance in particular. She authors and delivers capacity building events and external reviews of governance structures, legal frameworks and QA systems worldwide. She has authored, initiated and has been implementing a variety of projects under the auspices of the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Open Society Institute, IREX, to name some. All the projects address higher education reforms in general and diversity of aspects in legal frameworks, governance and quality assurance, in particular (e.g. Tajikistan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan). One of the most recent achievements is leading development of INQAAHE International Standards and Guidelines 2022, which make a first attempt to introduce quality assurance standards for micro-credentials, both formal and non-formal provisions. Dr. Karakhanyan holds M.S.Ed in Educational Administration/Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, the USA and PhD in Social Sciences from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her research interests focus around higher education governance and administration, reforms, policymaking, policy diffusion and transfer, and external and internal quality assurance. Her research background has helped her tremendously in the establishment of new and evaluation/review of existing tertiary education systems, including, but not limited to external and internal (both quality assurance agencies and higher education institutions) quality assurance systems in a diversity of contexts at the global level. 


Dr. David Woodhouse

Dr David Woodhouse had a long career in higher education followed by over 30 years working in quality assurance in higher education, in many countries, and he has published widely on quality assurance. He helped found the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) in 1991, and was President of the Network from 1997 to 2001, and from 2007 to 2011.

In 2003, David was one of the founders of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network, and served as its Secretary and led its administration until 2008.

His leisure interests include kayaking, bushwalking and camping. Since 2012, he has established a walnut farm in Australia, while still maintaining an active interest and involvement in quality assurance in higher education.

INQAAHE Conference 2023 is sponsored by KazMunayGas, a platinum sponsor, the Education & Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC), a gold sponsor, Astana Development, a bronze sponsor, and Kazakh Tourism.