CV Speakers

Dr. Andy Liew

Dr. Andy Liew is currently the Director of the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Government Relations in Wawasan Open University (WOU). He joined WOU in 2005 and has held administrative positions in various conventional higher education institutions in Malaysia. He is one of the pioneer staff who works closely with the founding members in establishing two tertiary institutions in Malaysia i.e. Allianze University College of Medical Sciences and Wawasan Open University.

His field of interest and specialization are:

  • Quality assurance in higher education
  • Delivery of tertiary education through the conventional as well as open and distance learning (ODL) mode
  • Strategic planning of the university
  • Research in and promotion of open education resources (OER)/massive open online courses (MOOCs) for online/e- learning and accreditation of prior experiential learning
  • Breeding and cloning of plants
He has been actively sharing his experience through numerous engagements as trainer/consultant/scientific reviewer at the national as well as at the international level.

Jianxin Zhang

Prof/Dr. Jianxin Zhang is the 5th and 6th President(2016-2019; 2019-2022) of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN), the largest and most influential non-profit/non-government organization in quality assurance of higher education in the Asia-Pacific Region. She is the Chief Expert of Yunnan Higher Education Evaluation Center (YHEEC), Tenured Professor of Yunnan University and Advisor of Council for CHEA/CIQG in USA (2012-2017).

She obtained her PhD degree at Peking University in China, her Master degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Switzerland. She was the visiting scholar in Asia-Pacific Program of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) of UNESCO in 2008.

She has been actively involved in the practices and researches of quality assurance. She co-organized 2015 APQN Academic Conference (AAC) in China. She organized over 20 on-site evaluations to higher education institutions (HEIs), designed the framework of program evaluation, conducted dozens of workshops on QA in China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other countries/territories. She reviewed Fiji Higher Education Commission, Russian Register and IAAHEH/LAM-PTKes in Indonesian for on-site review of Asia-Pacific Quality Register (APQR). She is one of the review panelists in CHEA/CIQG Quality Platform Review on the Students Learning Outcomes (SLOs). She is the site review leader of APQN Quality Label (APQL) on Accreditation of Internationalization to Symbiosis International (Deemed University) in India. She observed in AUN Actual Quality Assessment at Program Level, twice presented in Asia-Pacific Sub-regional Preparatory Conference for World Conference on Higher Education and participated in International Forum for Education 2020 organized by East-West Center in USA. She has visited over 60 countries /territories on various academic assignments and QA matters.

She has been teaching for over 30 years in comparative education, quality assurance and educational methods and other 20 courses, and supervised over 50 postgraduates in Yunnan University. She presided and engaged in over 60 research projects both domestically and abroad, e.g. “APQN Sustainable Development” “INQAAHE-APQN Survey of Internal and External Quality Assurance Landscape” ... She has published 6 monographs, 4 translated books, 20 edited books and over 200 papers. Among them, 10 got the government’s academic awards in China.

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Professor Dr. Hanim Salleh

Professor Dr. Hanim Salleh, C.Eng. (UK), is the Deputy President of Malaysian Higher Education Institutions Quality Assurance Network (MyQAN) and the Chairman of MyQAN Self Accrediting Universities Subnetwork. Graduated with B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia, USA; Master of Science from UPM and Ph.D. in Sound and Vibration from University of Southampton, UK. Currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and has worked in UNITEN for more than 20 years.

She has authored many publications and has won more than 25 national and international invention awards in the area of vibration, energy and mechanical design. She has held various academic leadership positions including Head of Department, Deputy Dean and Senate member. She has been involved in various academic development activities including speakers for curriculum development, delivery and assessment. Her involvement at national level includes her appointment as the rating instrument (SETARA and MyQuest) researcher, program assessor (Malaysian Qualification Agency and Engineering Technology Accreditation Council) as well as rating auditors (MyQuest and SETARA). Due to her vast academic leadership experience, currently she has been entrusted to be responsible for quality assurance and self-accreditation in UNITEN as the Director of Quality Advancement Centre.


1) Pengerusi, Engineering Accreditation Council.
2) Pengerusi, Examination & Qualification Committee and Board Member of Board of Engineers Malaysia
3) President Malaysian Society for Engineering & Technology
4) Deputy President of Federation of Engineering Institutions of Islamic Countries.
5) Mantan Dekan & Professor Di Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology(MJIIT) UTM
6) Mantan Pengarah Engineering Accreditation Department BEM
7) Mantan Ketua Jabatan Kejuruteraan Awam Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Professor Dr. Khairiyah Mohd Yusof

Professor Dr. Khairiyah Mohd Yusof is the founding and current Director of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Centre for Engineering Education and the President for the Society of Engineering Education Malaysia.  A practitioner and researcher in scholarly engineering education practices, she is grateful for the opportunities to share her work locally and globally, through invitations to speak and conduct workshops throughout Malaysia and various countries in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America.  

She is on the Editorial Boards of several journals, such as the Journal of Engineering Education, European Journal of Engineering Education and Journal of PBL in Higher Education.  Among her wide-ranging work in engineering education, she is most passionate about mentoring and guiding young academics in developing a scholarly approach in higher education, especially those in STEM areas. For her work, she has won many awards including the prestigious 2018 International Federation of Engineering Education Societies Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, the Student Platform on Engineering Education Mentoring Award at the 2017 Global Students Forum and 2015 Frank Morton IChemE Global Award for Chemical Engineering Education Excellence. 


Mohamad Dzafir bin Mustafa

Mohamad Dzafir bin Mustafa is the Senior Director of Policies & Expertise Development, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.  He joined the National Accreditation Board in 1999, the predecessor of MQA.  Throughout his career, he has held various roles and portfolios in the field of quality assurance which include accreditation, institutional audit, policies, QA training, qualification reference, international relation and enforcement.  He also involved in several initiatives related to the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) and the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF).

Topic: Challenges and Actions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for HE Quality Assurance in the Asia-Pacific Region
Keynote Speaker: Prof/Dr. Jianxin Zhang
Date: 22nd October 2019 (Tuesday) 
Time: 10.45 am – 11.45 am

Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education” is the Goal 4 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Higher Education(HE). There are 2 SDGs’ focuses - one is “to promote human development by quality education”, the other is “to promote society development by quality education”. Among the 6 steps of HE cycle for the SDGs, 3 steps (No.3-6) deal with quality: 1) self-correction/internal quality assurance (IQA) for higher education institutions (HEIs); 2) external quality assurance (EQA) for external quality assurance agencies (EQAAs); and 3) the SDGs continual improvement for good quality. We can see the keyword “quality” is the top priority for us to realize the SDGs.
In the global accreditation era of QA in HE, the Asia-Pacific Region with the largest HE demand in the world has made rapid progress after over 20-year development. However, many problems appeared, such as degree mills, academic bribery, cheating, corruption, deceit, harassment, impersonation and others. The online survey on both IQA and EQA conducted by the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) in 2018, shows a dozen of problems: 1) QA policies and procedures are still imperfect; 2) both the HEIs and EQAAs still face the dilemma of insufficient human and financial resources; 3) the awareness of quality culture is weak, etc. HE meets such challenges as student learning outcomes (SLOs), national quality assurance frameworks(NQAF), differentiation and diversification, “one size fits all” and quality culture, at both national and international levels.
On the way to the SDGs, QA in education must be as the key driver. QA is a process of establishing stakeholder confidence that provision (input, process and outcomes) fulfills expectations up to threshold minimum requirements. QA is all-embracing term covering all policies, processes and action through which HE quality is maintained and enhanced. Two QA systems must be established: 1) a robust IQA system must be established to support the contents, structure of curriculum and students learning outcomes; 2) a trust-worthy EQA system for credibility must be established to review IQA on a regular basis. At the same time, global partnership must be completed by addressing the individual needs of the systems through the SDGs, by addressing equity, access and quality in all HEIs, and by enhancing the global collaboration among HE providers/HEIs, QAAs/networks, the governments and international organizations by dealing with the issues related to equity, access, quality and relevance.
The aim for APQN to do the SDGs’ actions is to guarantee “quality education”, which means “we are striving not to teach youth to make a living, but to make a life” (Alfred North Whitehead). Quality is “doing the right things in the right way with right persons in right places”. The trends for IQA and EQA are: 1) to emphasize QA capacity-building; 2) to strengthen cooperation with all stakeholders; 3) to cultivate “Quality Culture” and others. APQN’s insight into the future is “quality culture”, and the SDGs’ 3 main actions are: 1)Asia Pacific Quality Register (APQR) for the EQAAs guarantee the EQA quality; 2)APQN Quality Label (APQL) for the HEIs guarantee HE Internationalization; and 3) APQN Quality Label for the HEIs guarantee student learning outcomes(SLOs) guarantee students’ quality. Meanwhile, the SDGs’ actions in quality assurance in the Asia-Pacific Region are as followings: 1) programme accreditation guarantees the quality of teaching-learning core; 2) staff job-performance evaluation guarantees the quality of teaching body; 3) assessment of students’ professional competence guarantees the quality of students’ ability; 4) student learning outcomes(SLOs) guarantees quality of learning results; 5) graduates’ quality evaluation guarantees the quality of teaching-learning output; and last but not the least 6)quality culture is the cornerstone for both IQA and EQA.
To reach the SDGs, all the governments, all the HEIs, all the EQAAs and all the relevant stakeholders have a long way to go. But I do believe “If I have a strong commitment to my goals and dreams, if I wake up every day with a passion to do my job, everything is possible."( Chantal Peticlair).