The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is organizing WOSA 2014,
the second in WOSA series of biennial conferences, during 8th-10th March, 2014 in New
Delhi, India. The focus of WOSA 2014 will be on the ‘International Recognition of
Educational Qualifications’- a theme that is of great significance globally in the
context of trade and technical services world-wide. The conference will facilitate
free discussion on the means and mechanisms of enabling and promoting mobility of
students and working professionals, parameters and criteria for accreditation, concerns
and plans for assurance of quality world-wide, the educational framework in various
countries, and mutual recognition of academic qualifications. The discussion and
global participation in WOSA 2014 will bring about new ideas and establish trends,
identify opportunities and challenges in professional education world-wide.
WOSA 2014 offers innumerable sponsorship/ partnership and advertising opportunities
to the organizations aspiring to join hands with NBA in the upcoming international
event, second in the series of international deliberations on identifying and establishing
a common benchmark for quality in technical/professional education.
The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is an independent autonomous body engaged
in quality assurance of technical education in India through accreditation. NBA’s
mission includes facilitating quality improvement and relevance of technical education
in the national context. NBA cooperates with accreditation agencies across the world
to promote quality and raise the standards in quality assessment practices by harmonizing
the parameters and criteria for quality assurance. This will benefit trans-border
movement of students for pursuing higher education and professionals seeking to
enhance their careers.
In 2012, NBA organized the first World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA 2012), focused
around the theme, ‘Achieving Excellence through Accreditation’. Participation in
WOSA 2012 was overwhelming, with more than 800 participants from India and abroad.
Appreciated and welcomed by academicians, industry and policy makers world-wide,
WOSA 2012 was the beginning of a series of international deliberations on identifying
and establishing a common benchmark for quality.
In this era of globalization and world trade, an unprecedented migration of students
and collaboration among professionals across borders is taking place. This has been
enabled by rapid changes in technology that is now challenging the conventional
pedagogical approaches and curricula. There is need for accreditation processes
to keep pace with changes in higher education and in fact become an agent of change.
Several factors hinder the global employability of professionals. For instance,
deep-rooted and highly contextual differences in educational framework of countries
continue to be major impediments in credentialing engineers and management professionals.
If the educational frameworks of different countries contain pre-defined set of
internationally expected outcomes, then, it may form the basis of harmonizing the
various educational systems.
Participation in summit
Thought leaders from different parts of the world will assemble in New Delhi for
exchanging their views on the issues surrounding “International Recognition of Educational
Qualifications” on the platform of WOSA 2014. Invitees include senior academicians
from public and private universities from India and abroad, leading members of the
industry world-wide, policy makers and legislators and representatives of professional
bodies and accreditation agencies.