ABLS Accreditation joins Qalen

22 April, 2015

UK-based ABLS Accreditation has become the latest organisation to join the recently established Quality Assurance in Language Education Network (Qalen).

ABLS Accreditation has joined the Quality Assurance in Language Education Network (QALEN).

Diana Lowe, Executive Director of ABLS Accreditation, confirmed to StudyTravel Magazine that the body had mapped its inspection criteria with Qalen and joined the initiative.

“It is great to be bringing the UK to this global table,” said Lowe. “Qalen is raising quality assurance to a new level.” She added the ABLS team was delighted to have joined Qalen and was looking forward to working with the other members at the 3rd quality symposium, due to be hosted by Feltom, one of the founding members, in Malta later this year.

As previously reported, Qalen was recently established following regular participation of accrediting bodies in the Global Alliance of Education and Language Associations (Gaela) and a meeting in Australia, last year. Along with Feltom, the other founding members of the association were: Neas in Australia; English New Zealand; and Accet in the USA.

Mark Raven, Chief Executive of Neas, said, “The Quality Assurance in Language Education Network is a ‘think tank’ of legitimate and like-minded quality assurance and accreditation agencies, seeking global validation and recognition of their quality principles and processes.”

Membership of Qalen involves a memorandum of understanding between all parties whereby the signatories agree to cooperate and recognise one another’s processes, principles, standards and activities.

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