In current years, several institutions in the GCC have established a top quality center or a top quality assurance division. In Oman the Oman Accreditation Authority was founded in 2010. Initially it was named Oman Accreditation Council, founded in 2001. “The international or national accreditation has been creating awareness on quality in higher education. One of the challenges is to balance the tension between accountability and independence of the institution,” stated Dr. Narimane Hadj Hamou, Founder and CEO of the Centre for Learning Innovations and Customised Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) primarily based in the UAE. Dr Narimane gave a speak on Accreditation in the GCC Region: Developments, Challenges and Future Opportunities”.
She stressed that it is essential to contemplate the creation of a GCC ‘think tank’ that will perform on a frequent GCC framework to establish joint requirements advertising for instance student mobility in all GCC nations. “The accreditation is a commitment to quality. It is not a specific task but a continuous quality improvement. The accreditation is important to attract the best students and to find the best faculty members.” Said Dr. Ali Al Badi, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).
In addition, the accreditation encourages and supports ethical behaviour by students, faculty, administrators and skilled employees. It enhances a optimistic perform atmosphere. “It promotes a collegiate environment while trying to respond to current and emerging corporate social responsibility issues,” stated Dr. Hatem El Masri, Director of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office at the College of Business, University of Bahrain. Such social duty concerns contain diversity, sustainability improvement, environmental sustainability and globalization at big. The accreditation also contains elements concerning intellectual contributions from academics as effectively as student, academic and skilled engagements for instance by means of guest lectures.
The AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is mission-driven, it is primarily based on principles rather than on guidelines. According to Dr. Hatem the AACSB accreditation is the biggest and most extensively recognised company accreditation in the planet, a lot more than 780 accredited schools worldwide.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) supports technical education worldwide. “This accreditation is a proof that a programme has met essential standards that are valid worldwide to produce graduates that are ready to enter the critical fields of applied sciences, computing, engineering and engineering technology” stated Dr. Nabil El Kadhi, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buraimi. During the closing session the board members of OAQHE stated that additional joint meetings and events are planned in the close to future.
At GUtech all BEng and BSc study-programmes are accredited by the Oman Accreditation Council and by ACQUIN, an international accreditation agency primarily based in Germany.
Caption: Group photo with HE. Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al Sarmi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education (center) and Prof Dr. Armin Eberlein, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at GUtech (center) along with the board members of The Oman Association for Quality in Higher Education.
Information Source: Muscat Daily