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International Comparison of Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) in Higher Education

Seminar and Workshop on International Comparison of Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) in Higher Education
高等教育における外国学修歴・資格評価システムの国際比較

2017年1月25日-26日
January 25th- 26th , 2017

Seminar and Workshop on International Comparison of Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) in Higher Education

Toyo University hosted a seminar and a workshop regarding Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) on January 25-26, 2017. Experts  in the field of FCE from the United Kingdom, Norway, Australia and UNESCO shared insights and practical approaches with participants at the seminar and workshop to help operationalize a student-centered approach to admissions. This event was conducted as a part of the research project entitled “Comparative Research on International Equivalence in FCE” supported by the JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research. The seminar was also supported by UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education.

Organizer

“Comparative Research on International Equivalence in FCE”
JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) 16H03784
(Project Leader: Prof. Shingo Ashizawa, Faculty of Regional Development Studies, Toyo University)

Toyo University

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education


During the seminar on the first day, experts of FCE from various countries introduced the critical role of FCE in higher education. The participants exchanged ideas about adequate FCE systems in the Japanese context. 

Contents of the Seminar on January 25th

The workshop on the second day was to learn about evaluation FCE methods, skills, and knowledge that are useful for the admissions process.

Contents of the Workshop on January 26th


Day 1 (January 25th): Seminar

- Opening Remarks by Prof. Makio Takemura, President of Toyo University
- Speech by Mr. Hideki IWABUCHI, Director, Office for International Planning, Higher Education Bureau,. MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

Session 1 (13:10-13:40)
“Demand for information on higher education qualifications in Japan: For future development of FCE and NIC”
Prof. Yumiko Yoshikawa and Prof. Rie Mori
National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE)

Session 2 (13:40-14:00)
"The trial of FCE in a private sector of Japan"
Mr. Katsumi Shiraishi
Director, Secretary General
The Asian Students Cultural Association

Session 3 (14:00-15:00)
”The FCE system in higher education in the United Kingdom"
Ms. Lisa Collett
Head of Global Division
The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK-NARIC)

Session 4 (15:15-16:15)
"The FCE system in Norway and the acceptance of refugees"
Mr. Rolf Lofstad
Deputy Director of Foreign Education
Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)

Session 5 (16:15-16:45)
“Qualifications recognition-Australia’s experience”
Mr. Paul Harris
Counsellor (Education & Science)
Australian Embassy Tokyo

Session 6 (16:45-17:30)
“The Future of Recognition and Mobility in Asia-Pacific”
Dr. Libing Wang
Chief, Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)
UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

Day 2 (January 26th): Workshop

By referring to some cases and samples, participants learned evaluation methods, skills, and knowledge about various academic credentials, degrees, qualifications, and grades.