Alexander Nanni

Presenting: Thailand Quality Assurance

Alexander Nanni is the Associate Dean for International Affairs at Mahidol University International College (MUIC), which is located in Salaya, Thailand. He began teaching English in Thailand in 2005. From 2012 to 2018, he was director of the Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics at MUIC. During this time, he and his team applied for quality assurance through NEAS, becoming the first program in Thailand to do so. Alexander holds an M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Rhode Island College and an Ed.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston.

Presenting at the NEAS Australian ASEAN Influencer Panel:

Why should a language centre in Thailand undertake quality assurance through an international organization? More specifically, why is NEAS the best choice for the quality assurance of such a centre? While the various stakeholders of a language centre may agree that quality assurance is beneficial, they may have vastly different understandings of what exactly it entails and of the advantages it provides. These understandings – which often emphasize certain Quality Areas and deemphasize or omit others – are incomplete but complementary. Drawing on the case of the Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics at Mahidol University International College, which was the first language centre in Thailand to engage in the NEAS quality assurance process, this presentation explores the perceptions of international quality assurance in the Thai context. Awareness of these perceptions is key to increasing buy-in and participation both within individual language centre and nationally. The insights shared in this presentation provide a fresh perspective in a much larger conversation about quality assurance in ASEAN, Australia, and beyond.