The Master of Public Health Programme has successfully achieved the AUN-QA quality assessment
ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) network certified that Master of Public Health Programme of Hanoi School of Public Health successfully completed the AUN-QA Quality Assessment at programme level on March 22, 2016. Hanoi School of Public Health is the first school achieving AUN-QA for one of its training programme amongst universities of medicine – pharmacy in Vietnam. The AUN – QA Quality Assessment is a certificate that many training programmes of universities in Vietnam and in Asean countries are striving for. Training programme assessment is not only to attract and recruit new students, but also to formally certify the quality standards of a program. This is a crucial step to achieve the best quality assurance and performance improvement for every university.
Photo: Members of the assessment committee was discussing with the key staff of Hanoi School of Public Health
The AUN-QA Quality Assessment help universities compare the quality of the Master of Public Health Programme with other similar programmes in universities amongst Asean countries, said Associate Professor Bui Thi Thu Ha – Dean of Hanoi School of Public Health. Furthermore, the Assessment was intended to point out the strengths and weaknesses to reach a high-quality training programme as other programmes in Asean countries.
The AUN-QA has 18 themes with 74 criteria. AUN adopted a 7-point rating scale for its quality assessment, that are: 1= nothing (no documents, no plans, no evidence) present; 2= this subject is in the planning stage; 3= documents available, but no clear evidence that they are used; 4= documents available and evidence that they are used; 5= clear evidence on the efficiency of the aspect; 6= example of best practices; and 7= excellent (world-class or leading practices). The scaling aims to offer the universities and external assessors an instrument for scaling their verdicts and to see how far they have progressed on the way to meeting the criteria and to see how far quality is assured. As weight is not allocated to each criterion, the overall opinion should be based on the achievement or fulfilment of the criterion as a whole. The overall rating of a training program should be 4.0 to be adequate on the scale. These criteria help to identify and agree on the areas for improvement and provides the motivational force for the university to improve its Quality Assurance system.
Photo: Certificate of the AUN-QA for the Master of Public Health Programme of Hanoi School of Public Health
AUN-QA network is a group of Chief Quality Officers appointed by the AUN member universities in 1995 as the focal point for coordinating activities to realise the mission of harmonising educational standards and seeking continuous improvement of academic quality of universities in ASEAN. AUN-QA has been actively promoting, developing, and implementing quality assurance practices based on an empirical approach where quality assurance practices are shared, tested, evaluated, accredited and improved amongst universities in ASEAN countries and in the world. Hanoi School of Public Health has participated the AUN network since January 29, 2015.
Hanoi School of Public Health is one of the few universities in Vietnam achieving AUN-QA for one of its training programme. The AUN-QA’s certificate to Master of Public Health Programme is an empirical evidence proving that the quality of the programme reach the quality of other programmes in ASEAN countries and in other countries. This is a quality statement for the education, one of the priorities of the Hanoi School of Public Health. We commit to excellency by applying other training programmes for the certificate.