On 27 July 2020, the officials of AIUB-IQAC participated in the APQN 8thONLINE FORUM entitled: Influence of COVID-19 on Quality Assurance: The new normal of Higher Education 4.0 organized by Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN). The event was Led by Dr. I-Jung Grace Lu from the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) and facilitated by All the members of the Board of Directors of APQN.

The forum focused on six themes, namely: Governments as key player for higher education quality assurance under the impact of COVID-19 presented by Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang, The new normal of internationalization of quality assurance presented by Prof. Dr. Galina Motova, Quality assurance of outcome-based teaching and learning: the influence of COVID-19 presented by Prof. Dr. Deepthi C. Bandara, Digitalization of quality assurance: will this be the new normal for quality assurance? presented by Dr. Farida Nurmanbetova, Innovations in HE accreditation in an era of disruptive technologies presented by Dr. I-Jung Grace Lu and Reflections on new normal and strategies for quality assurance in emerging out of COVID-19 pandemic presented by Prof. Dr. Jagannath Patil.

The forum had two open interactive discussion sessions which led the participants to provide their valuable comments on the themes and gave transparent ideas over the topics though questions and answers. This online event acted as a timely and inclusive platform for a very intense discussion on these important issues and helped to meet the professional needs by connecting to different quality assurance communities regardless of the influence of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. It was a very informative and candid comprehensive discussion with the speakers coming from different QA organizations in the light of this pandemic that affect every sector of our society.

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