The inception of ASEAN-QAA is motivated by mutual interest among the alumni of Dialogue for Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) ASEAN-QA TrainIQA from 2011 to 2018 for networking and sharing of resources.

The ASEAN-QAA is an association composed of individuals involved in the development of quality assurance in South East Asia higher education institutions and their academic institutions.

The ASEAN-QAA shall be organized as a non-stock, non-profit organization. It may undertake revenue-generating activities to fund its projects, provided that no part of its net income shall be used for the benefit of any member of the organization or its Executive Committee or its Executive Board, or of any private person or entity.