Dedicated to realizing the University’s vision of being internationally recognized for providing high-quality education, Wesleyan University- Philippines (WUP) embarked on applying for associate membership in the ASEAN University Network- Quality Assurance (AUN-QA). The acceptance of WUP as an associate member was confirmed through an email from the AUN-QA Secretariat on July 1, 2024.

According to Dr. John Jason Villaroman, Quality Assurance Office Director, this move aimed at fostering collaborations and partnerships with AUN-QA universities globally.

In addition, by aligning with the AUN Framework version 4.0, WUP would strengthen its educational standards and practices by following internationally recognized benchmarks set by the ASEAN University Network. It would ensure quality in instructional methods, research activities, extension programs, and overall productivity within the University.

The University President, Dr. Irineo G. Alvaro Jr., championed this effort through the Quality Assurance Office (QAO). Dr. Wilfredo C. Ramos, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. John Jason M. Villaroman, Quality Assurance Director, attended the AUN-QA Tier 1 training held from April 2-5, 2024, in Bangkok, Thailand. This training, led by Dr. Tan Kay Chuan of the National University Singapore, was also attended by representatives from ASEAN universities that included the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Ateneo de Manila University, Silpakorn University, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue University, and Svay Rieng University.

“The AUN-QA associate membership would be a preparatory step for WUP towards the AUN-QA program assessment for its levels III and IV-accredited programs,” Dr. Villaroman explained further.

Listed as some of the AUN-QA member universities in the Philippines were UP Diliman, Los Baños, UST, De La Salle University, Holy Angel University, Cagayan State University, and CEU.
This strategic undertaking by WUP underscored its commitment to enhancing quality assurance in instruction, research, extension programs, and overall productivity, ultimately aiming to empower learners poised to contribute significantly to nation-building.