Asia-Pacific Quality Network Call for Conference Papers

1. Background

APQN Annual Conference (AAC) and Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the main annual event for discussing and advancing quality assurance in higher education throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. The Board of APQN is delighted to announce that the next AAC and AGM will be held in Moscow, Russia on May 25-27, 2017. The National Centre for Public Accreditation (NCPA) in Russia will host this great event.

The target audience for the AAC and AGM is primarily those associated with quality agencies in the region. It includes APQN Members and Observers, the Board, the Committees and the Project Groups. In addition, others working in the whole world of quality assurance and improvement in higher education and government agencies are welcome to attend the conference days that are open to non-members. The two-day conference will be open to all registered delegates except the AGM which is for members only.

2. Conference Themes

The main theme of the 2017 APQN Annual Conference is:

New Horizons: Dissolve Boundaries of a Quality Region

The sub-themes are:

1. Excellence in Quality assurance

  • APQN Quality Label
  • APQN Quality Register
  • Ranking and QA

2. New Assessment Methodologies in Higher Education

  • Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment of Teaching
  • Assessment Tools Development

3. Internal Quality Assurance in HEIs

  • Improving teaching and learning quality
  • Establishing and Developing Quality Culture in a HEI
  • Developing Quality Information Systems
  • Conducting the internal quality assurance of the curricular programs

4. Quality Assurance of Cross-border Education

  • Joint International Accreditation
  • Cooperation between Quality Assurance Agencies
  • Ensuring Trust between Quality Assurance Agencies

You are invited to present a paper on a topic of your choice related to one of the topics above. Ideas for topics can be drawn from the list of theme and sub-themes, or can be of your own choice. Please indicate how your selected topic relates to the theme of the Conference.

Guidelines for paper submissions:
  • Papers on any topic related to the theme or sub-themes of the AAC will be considered.
  • Papers should be no more than 3000 words in length, including the appendices, tables, illustrations and photographs, plus an abstract of up to 200 words and a bio-sketch of up to 100 words with one photo of the author.
  • Papers will be reviewed by a review committee. The acceptance of papers for inclusion in the program is at the prerogative of the review committee, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • If your paper is selected for presentation, it is expected that you will have: 1)15 minutes for presentation; 2) 10 minutes for questions/discussion.
  • All submissions must be in English.

It will be highly appreciated if you could earlier submit your paper (in Word Version) to both the APQN Secretariat and NCPA at: and at the same time by Feb. 15, 2017.

3. Timeline - key dates

October 10, 2016 Call for Conference Papers released.
November 10, 2016 Online Registration opened
31 January, 2017 Deadline for submission of conference papers
Deadline for early discount payment
March 30, 2017 Deadline for notification of conference papers
May 1, 2017 Online registration and payment deadline closes
May 24, 2017 APQN Board Meeting
May 26-27, 2017 APQN Annual Conference and AGM, Moscow, Russia

If your paper is accepted for presentation in the 2017 APQN Conference and AGM, all distribution of supplementary material to the audience will be your responsibility.

4. Copyright Clause

Contributors (including co-authors) submit their conference papers on the following copyright basis, if selected for inclusion in the Program:

  • The contributor hereby grants the publisher (APQN) a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to print, publish, reproduce or distribute the work throughout the world by all means of expression, including electronic format, for the purposes of 2017 AAC and AGM. The author further grants the publisher the right to use the author's name in association with the work in published form and in promotional materials. Copyright of the work remains in the author's name and the author reserves all other rights.
  • The author agrees not to use the work in any way that implies that the publisher endorses any practice or procedure described in the work.
  • The author represents and warrants that the work:
    • does not violate any copyright or intellectual property right of any person or entity;
    • contains no material that is libelous, defamatory or otherwise unlawful; and
    • meets ethical standards applicable to the research discipline.
  • The author shall indemnify and hold the publisher harmless against loss or expenses arising from breach of any such warranties.

By submitting a paper for delivery in the APQN Conference and AGM 2015, the author agrees to the terms and conditions within this document.

5. Further Information


You can register for this event through the website ( from November 10, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Online registration will close on May 1, 2017.