“I tell my students to get two plants, one alive and one plastic. As time goes on, the students tell me that the plastic plant is pretty but that 'It doesn't call to me, it doesn't say “Water me.” or “See if I've changed since last night – see if I have a new leaf.” The students become involved with the living plant. It keeps pulling to them, and they care about it. They nurture it, but they don't want to force it. I think we have lost our sense of involvement and that we're cheating ourselves. What would life be like if there were only plastic flowers?”
This quote by a distinguished professor aptly narrates the rationale behind involving the students in the higher education processess.
The students are, unarguably, the most important stakeholders of Higher Education systems and also that of quality assurance mechanisms therein. The interest and participation of students at all levels in both internal and external quality assurance has to play a central role.
Involvinge and empowering the students in quality- The International Experience
Even as the central role of student in Higher Education System is agreed in principle by the policy makers and decision makers, the experience of actual involvement of students vary to a large extent from one country to another. A commendable work in this regard has been done by European National Students Union (ESIB)