Message from Susanna Karakhanyan, the INQAAHE VII President

Dear Friends and Colleagues!

It is with immense pleasure that I welcome you to join us at the INQAAHE 12th Biennial Forum to be held from 23-25 March 2020, in Moscow, Russia. It is the first time after the year of 2000 that INQAAHE is being hosted by Eastern European region and the first time ever in a post-soviet area. Notably, this is in line with the INQAAHE’s aim to offer the enhancement platform to a broader higher education community in the region.  This significant event is proudly hosted by the Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Career Development (AKKORK) under the patronage of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

Message from Erika Soboleva, the Director of AKKORK, Member of the INQAAHE Board of Directors

Dear colleagues, dear friends!

In early May 2018, the General Assembly of INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) decided to choose Russia as the location for their 12th Biennial Forum, taking place from 23 to 25 of March 2020 and focusing on the challenges facing higher education  quality assurance under the general theme: Quality, Competencies , and Learning the Outcomes: How to Be Fit for Generation Z.

The aim of the forumisto discuss the global challenges in the sphere ofhigher educationquality assurance, which go beyond national or regional borders.

These INQAAHE Forums have taken place for twenty years, roughly every two years. The last event, in 2018, hosted more than 250 representatives of higher education quality assurance from around the world, including delegates in agencies and universities from countries such as the USA, Canada, Japan, China, and a range of countries from across South America, Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe.

Message from Vadim Kovalev, the Chairman of the AKKORK Supervisory Board

Dear colleagues, dear friends!

I am very pleased to welcome you to such a significant event, the INQAAHE Forum 2020: Quality, Competencies , and Learning the Outcomes: How to Be Fit for Generation Z, significant not only for Russia, but for the international educational community!  

I am confident that the theme of the Forum will serve as the basis for a comprehensive discussion of the current theoretical and practical issues related to ensuring the quality of higher education and learning outcomes at an international level.

The emphasis of the Generation Z theme is on new approaches to teaching and, more widely, new approaches to the formation of people. People who are, according to researchers, very different, not only fromour generation, but also fromtoday’s students, the millennials. Analysts say that unlike millennials, Generation Z students will have an inherently realistic view of the world, will be more self-reliant and more interested in innovation. The key difference is that the Z generation perceivesthemselves as part of a larger system and feel responsible for its improvement. In this regard, it is important to note that the training of professionals and specialists from this new generation will bring new challenges for not only individual educational institutions, or even a single country, but also for the global educational system. According to a new study by Bloomberg, which in turn is based on UN data, in 2019 Generation Z has already begun to overtake the millennial generation in scale. Generation Z now makes up 32% of the world’s population and millennials make up 31.5%.