Languages Canada latest to join QALEN

09 September, 2015

Languages Canada, in association with its accreditation partner Orion Assessment Services of Canada, has become the latest body to join the global Quality Assurance in Language Education Network (QALEN).

Languages Canada is the 7th accreditation body to join the Quality Assurance in Language Education Network (QALEN).

Orion Assessment Services, a third-party audit and accrediting body, was recently engaged by Languages Canada to develop and implement its independent quality assurance scheme.

“This new partnership signifies the importance of collaboration between standard setting and accrediting bodies and the great advantage of harmonizing accreditation schemes,” said David Huebel, President of Orion Assessment Services.

Julian Inglis, Business Development and Program Manager, ELP, at University of Guelph and a Languages Canada Board member, commented, “As the standard setting and representative body for Canada’s language education sector, Languages Canada is looking forward to engaging in discussion with our international counterparts around the continuous improvement of standards, there’s a lot we can learn and a lot we can contribute.”

The Languages Canada announcement follows Accreditation UK’s recent decision to join QALEN and brings the total membership to seven quality assurance bodies, representing 12 jurisdictions.

Mark Raven, Chief Executive of NEAS, said, “Languages Canada represents QALEN’s first multi-lingual quality assurance provider, opening the door to greater representation from other jurisdictions.”

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.

QALEN is holding its first fully branded symposium in Malta this week, building on the two previous quality assurance conferences in the UK in 2011 and Australia last year that led to its formation

Matthew Knott
News Editor


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