June 26, 2010: IAU 2010 International Conference Special Session Re-Inventing Rankings:in Search of Alternative Performance AssessmentsAlternative University Appraisal Project Eijun Senaha, Ph.D. Chair, AUA Project, ProSPER.Net President’s Office (International) Hokkaido University Sapporo, Japan
1Introduction: Outline of Presentation 1. Background: ESD and ProSPER.Net 2. Birth of AUA Project 3. AUA Model 4. Roadmap 5. Conclusion
2Background: ESD & ProSPER.NetESD- Education for Sustainable Development - Aims to help people to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future, and to act upon these decisions. “United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” (2005-2014): UNESCO, leading agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental problems we face in the 21st century.
3Background: ESD & ProSPER.Net (cont.) Gender Equality Sustainable Health Urbanization Promotion Sustainable Key Action Environment Consumption Themes Peace & Cultural Human Security Diversity Rural Development
4Background: ESD & ProSPER.Net (cont.)ProSPER.Net (Founded in 2008) - The Network for the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research -Network of several leading higher education institutions inAsia and the Pacific region committed to work together tointegrate Sustainable Development (SD) into postgraduatecourses and curricula.The ProSPER.Net academic and research alliance is aneffort of the ESD Programme at UNU-IAS.
5Background: ESD & ProSPER.Net (cont.)19 Founding Member Institutions of ProSPER.Net – RMIT University, Australia – Tongji University, China – TERI University, India – Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia – Hokkaido University, Japan – Iwate University, Japan – Miyagi University of Education, Japan – Nagoya University, Japan – Okayama University, Japan – Rikkyo University, Japan – Shinshu University, Japan – United Nations University –Institute of Advanced Studies – University of Tokyo, Japan – Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia – University of the Philippines, Philippines – Yonsei University, Republic of Korea – Chulalongkorn University, Thailand – Asian Institute of Technology – University of South Pacific
6Birth of AUA Project: Planning Project name Alternative University Appraisal based on ESD Duration (AUA Project) 2009-2011 (launched in June 2009) Purpose • To enhance the value and attractiveness of universities engaging in ESD • To create learning & supporting community to improves their practices Goal • To develop Alternative University Peer- Consultation System
7Birth of AUA Project: Visions • To reorient the higher education and society for sustainability. • To value universities that are striving for sustainability. • To improve practices of ESD in which universities have already engaged. • To create learning community to share good practices for improvement.
8Birth of AUA Project: Goals Ideal Ideal Alter. Univ. Alter. Univ. Model Model Univ. A Self-Appraisal Result Good Practices Univ. C Know-how Current Current Self-Appraisal Result Condition Condition Good Practices Know-how Univ. B Self-Appraisal Result Good Practices Know-how
9 Birth of AUA Project: Goals (cont.) To develop Alternative University Peer-Consultation System• Opportunities To promote participation of• Encouragement New Member Universities• Incentives nd Expa Expa nd Learning Communities
10Birth of AUA Project: 3 Steps Step 1: To develop Alt. Univ. Appraisal Model for ESD 2009-10 (AUA model) Step 2: To develop Alt. Univ. Peer-Consultation Model for ESD 2010-11 Step 3: To develop Alt. Univ. Peer-Consultation System for ESD 2011
11Birth of AUA Project: Core Member Institutions •Hokkaido University •United Nations University-IAS •Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) •Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) •TERI University (India) •Yonsei University (Korea) •Other interested ProSPER.Net members
12Birth of AUA Project: Collaborative Institutions Universitas Gadjah Iwate University Mada (Indonesia) Miyagi University of Education Chulalongkorn Hokkaido University University (Thailand) (Japan) Nagoya University Universiti AUA Secretariat The University of TERI University Sains Malaysia (India） Okayama University the South Pacific United Nations University -Institute of University of Advanced Studies Rikkyo University the Philippines Asian Institute Yonsei University of Technology Shinshu University Tongji University （Korea） （based in Thailand） (China) Core Member Institutions Universities in RMIT Tokyo University Asia-Pacific Other relevant University International institutions (Australia) Founding institutions of ProSPER.Net Universities in Japan UNEP UNESCO Collaborative Institutions
13Birth of AUA Project: Studying Past 1. EC-Assess 2. Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) 3. College Sustainability Report Card 4. Monitoring & Assessing Progress during the UNDESD in the Asia-Pacific Region
14AUA Model: Mission Statement Alternative University Appraisal Model seeks to facilitate and encourage institutions of higher education to engage in education and research for sustainable development and to raise the quality and impact of these activities by providing benchmarking tools that support diversity of mission, as well as a framework for sharing good practices and supporting dialogue and self reflection.
15AUA Model: Characteristics • Enable assessed institutions to select the areas they are focusing on to be assessed. • Mixture of quantitative (objective) and qualitative (subjective) questions. • Encourage self reflection of their own strength and weakness in the process of answering questions. • Goals to be set on their own with the help of the Appraisal Committee. • Comprehensive “Dialogue” style • Preparation for more intimate peer-consultation