TEQSA welcomes new Global Academic Integrity Network members

In just a few short months since its launch, the Global Academic Integrity Network (GAIN) is delivering on its mission to unite changemakers across the world in the name of academic integrity.

The new consortium, led by TEQSA and Quality and Qualifications Ireland welcomed 8 new members at its first meeting for 2023, building on the 16 foundation members GAIN was established with in October 2022.

The additional partners hail from Spain (Valencian Agency for Assessment and Forecasting), Kosovo (Kosovo Accreditation Agency), Georgia (National Center for Education Quality Enhancement), Bulgaria (National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency), Romania (Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), Kenya (Commission for University Education), Canada (Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board Ontario) and Northern Ireland (Department for the Economy).

GAIN is also fielding queries and interest from the International Agency for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and other jurisdictions in Canada, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Senegal, Portugal, the Netherlands, Singapore and the United States.

Each of the 24 members is sharing experiences and resources to help other jurisdictions develop legislation, regulatory approaches and frameworks that protect national education systems and penalise access to commercial academic cheating services targeting students.

A key focus for last month’s meeting was the risks and opportunities associated with generative artificial intelligence like ChatGTP. Given the global reach of these issues, the relevance of GAIN is set to grow as global institutions join forces to adapt to these emerging risks to academic integrity.

Membership of GAIN is open to national quality assurance agencies, regulators and similar organisations involved in the promotion of academic integrity and in the implementation of legislation aimed at combatting commercial contract cheating and other forms of academic fraud.

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