26 March 2019
The Asia-Pacific Association for International Education was founded in 2004. Its annual conference brings together university leaders from the region and provides unique network opportunities.
This year’s conference opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 27th with the theme Diversity and Inclusivity of Higher Education in the Asia Pacific.
On the 27th IREG gave a session entitled University Rankings Stimulate Harmonisation and Competitiveness of Regional Higher Education. It was opened by Kazimierz Bilanow, Managing Director of the IREG Observatory, who reviewed the work of the organisation and its relevance to the region.
Richard Holmes, editor of University Ranking Watch, discussed the response of Southeast Asia to international university rankings. He noted that rankings had the potential to promote the harmonisation of higher education in the region. There were, however, serious problems with current approaches to rankings.
Dr Riri Fitri Sari of Universitas Indonesia then gave a presentation on the UI GreenMetric world university rankings which compare the contribution and awareness of sustainability among the world’s universities and which has received an enthusiastic response in South Asia.
In addition, IREG maintained a booth in the conference exhibition hall.