Investigating quality assurance in an Australian university and its implications for Cambodian higher education

  • Keattech Tan

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU


    This research was prompted by various issues affecting Cambodian QA policies and their processes and procedures such as a lack of human resources, poor QA framework, a lack of university involvement in QA processes and inadequate research into the field.

    This research was conducted in an Australian university to (1) identify the key constructs underpinning QA policies development in the Australian HE context; (2) explore the perceptions of university leaders and lecturers in policy implementation; and (3) identify the strengths of the Australian quality assurance policies and practices and their relevance to Cambodian HE system.
    This research employed qualitative semi structured interviews for its data collection and Foucault’s theoretical concepts on power to identify the power-relation between the government and the university including its academics.

    The finding of this research suggested that academics understand that a quality standard framework is essential for a university to implement quality practices and to remain competitive in this globalized, market-oriented higher education environment.

    Simultaneously academics contest the value of the current standard framework and the implementation processes and procedures relating to quality assurance mechanism in higher education arguing that they challenge their academic values.
    Date of Award2015
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorPeter Kell (Supervisor), Ania Lian (Supervisor) & Yew-Lie Koo (Supervisor)

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