Dubai PR Network, Online Press Release from Dubai and Middle East
 
Education, Universities & Training(Education & Training)
Filter PR by
  
Ministry of Education Partners With British Agency to Uphold Quality Assurance in Higher Education
 

Agreement to further align national quality assurance systems with global best practices in higher education

DUBAI, UAE, 19 November 2017:   The UAE Ministry of Education announced the signing of an agreement with the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), demonstrating its ongoing commitment to quality assurance of higher education institutions in the UAE. This comes as part of the Ministry’s support of initiatives which bolster the development of the nation, and in line with the national visions 2021 and Centennial vision 2071.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mualla, the Ministry of Education’s Undersecretary for Academic Affairs of Higher Education, and, the QAA’s Chief Executive Douglas Blackstock signed an agreement at the Ministry of Education, in the presence of His Excellency Dr.Ahmad Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, and His Excellency Paul Fox, HM British Consul General in Dubai.

“The UAE’s higher education sector has evolved significantly over the past three decades, since the establishment of the first public university in 1976 and, later the establishment of the first private university in 1988. Private universities today account for over 60% of the capacity of higher education in the UAE. Institutions in the UAE have recently started to appear in international rankings amongst the world’s top universities. In our pursuit of excellence and the country’s transition to a knowledge-based economy, we launched the National Higher Education Strategy in September of this year, which focuses on quality, innovation, relevance and efficiency as key pillars in driving forward higher education.” said His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills. “Quality assurance is integral to the success of any higher education system and through this partnership with the QAA, we are aligning our quality assurance system with the best international practices and developments in higher education, to ensure that our students receive world-class standards of education.”

Paul Fox, British Consul General in Dubai, reinforced the strengthening of UAE-UK ties through this agreement, saying “The UAE and the UK share very close links in education. We are proud that a UK agency will help support UAE’s aim to be a knowledge-based economy and ensure that the educational offer is of a high quality.”

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mualla, the Ministry of Education’s Undersecretary for Academic Affairs of Higher Education added, “The UAE was the first in the region to establish a Commission for Academic Accreditation in 2000. Over the past 17 years, we successfully developed and implemented our standards for licensing institutions and accrediting programs of higher education. The UAE’s commission for academic accreditation is recognized by the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). The agreement with QAA will benchmark our standards against international best practices, account for new and future developments globally in higher education, and ensure that we have a unified and consistent quality assurance program throughout the UAE.”

Douglas Blackstock, Chief Executive of QAA said: “QAA has a world class reputation in higher education quality assurance. We are going to bring 20 years’ experience of assuring the quality and standards of UK higher education to collaborate with the Ministry and design a system that works for the UAE, now and in the future. It's a privilege to be selected by the Ministry as UAE’s partner of choice, and we look forward to working with the Ministry and higher education institutions to support this important work.”

As part of the year-long agreement, QAA will collaborate with the Ministry of Education to oversee the revision of institutional licensure and program accreditation, introduce a new system for dealing with complaints, and offer trainings on quality assurance to align with global standards.

The agreement builds on the UK and UAE’s Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 and His Excellency’s Dr.Ahmad Belhoul's visit to the UK in October 2016 during which time he met with the QAA to explore areas of collaboration. The agreement comes on the back of the Annual Meeting of the UAE Government, in which it was agreed to develop a Unified National Quality Assurance System, covering institutional licensure, program accreditation, institution and program classifications, and quality reviews and compliance audits.


Posted by : Dubai PR Network Editorial Team
Viewed 10175 times
PR Category : Education & Training
Posted on : Sunday, November 19, 2017  4:02:00 PM UAE local time (GMT+4)
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of DubaiPRNetwork.com.
Previous Story : Indian schools in UAE commemorate International Children's D...
Next Story : Fashion Forum by College of Fashion Design (CFD)
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine
Back to Section Home

Related Stories



 
 
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
AIGNER Love [22338-Views]
New Year, New Skincare! [16330-Views]
Signature Scents for Your Home [13676-Views]
Spring/Summer 18' Beauty Picks from Missha Cosmetics [12102-Views]
Mido's Baroncelli Prisma - A sparkling play of prisms enhanced by 51 diamonds' [8985-Views]
The Trésor Collection [8534-Views]
Malabar Gold & Diamonds strengthens its global position as a leading jewellery retailer wi... [7448-Views]
“12th Edition of SNF's Family Fun Fair” [7338-Views]
ESC's INDIASOFT to Bring Over 400 ICT Foreign Buyers To Bengaluru [7131-Views]
5 Different Types of Denim and How to Wear Them [6722-Views]
The Balmain de Balmain Moon Phase Collection - loves personalisation to the moon and back [6637-Views]
EUROSTAR presents seven global tech majors at CABSAT 2018 [6527-Views]
Nissan reaffirms importance of electrification at World Future Energy Summit [6063-Views]
Womenswear Preview and Showroom Connection: WHITE Man & Woman's Formula Bets on Quality [6057-Views]
Nissan and NASA extend research into autonomous mobility services [5948-Views]
Dubai Tour team line-up announced: 16 teams of seven riders at the start [5856-Views]
Defender Lives on: Land Rover Launches V8 Edition To Celebrate 70th Anniversary [5764-Views]
Tommy Hilfiger Announces Fall 2017 Watches Collection [5618-Views]
Sophie's Café brings all the goodness to Barsha Neighbourhood [5496-Views]
Seamaster Olympic Games Collection [5136-Views]
His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum Visits du's Stand on Day One of... [5051-Views]
Dubai Outlet Mall celebrates DSF 2018 with amazing attractions for shoppers [4984-Views]
HH Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum opens CABSAT 2018 [4868-Views]
Masdar unveils locally manufactured all-electric Eco-Bus at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week... [4813-Views]
LG Electronics Earns CES 2018 Best TV Product Honors for LG AI OLED TV [4630-Views]
 
RSS Facebook Twitter LinkedDin
 
Top Sections
 
Top Stories