At a meeting attended by the Chairman of the HEAC, HE Dr. Bashir Al-Zu'bi, the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, inaugurated a training course organized by the Commission at the PSUT campus under the title “Higher Education Quality Evaluator”. The aim of the course is to spread the culture of quality among higher education institutions, and increase the number of those who have obtained institutional and program quality certificates.
Prof. Al-Refai welcomed the participants, who represented various Jordanian universities, and highlighted the importance of the course in providing experts in quality and the process of self-evaluation. This will enable universities to achieve accreditation standards and guarantee local and international quality levels in all academic and administrative fields. In addition, it will serve in developing a performance management and evaluation strategy, improving the performance and training of faculty and administrative staff, and promoting participatory and cooperative relations with local, regional and international bodies and institutions.
Al-Refai went on to review the University’s latest achievements, including obtaining a six-year extension from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for all of the Engineering and Computer Science programs for which the University applied. In addition, accreditation was obtained in 2019 for the program in Electrical Power and Energy Engineering. PSUT has also taken first place for five consecutive years in the general level of the University Proficiency Exam, which is administered by the HEAC for all students due to graduate from Jordanian universities.
Prof. Al-Zu'bi also stressed the importance of the course, which comes within the global trend towards turning from measures of quantitative standards to those of qualitative standards. The move is toward making this an integral part of licensing, putting the focus on classroom interaction between the curriculum, the instructor, and the student, in order to establish a comprehensive quality standard for universities. He explained that it was necessary to identify the main axes that address the overall quality control in education, which include the quality of educational management, educational programs, regulations and legislation, the quality of teaching methods, the adequacy of financial resources, the efficiency of the teaching and administrative staff, and the quality of performance evaluation.
Al-Zu’bi added that “In order to make a paradigm shift in our educational institutions, we must identify the areas of performance that institutions of advanced societies concentrate on as a starting point on the right path. He emphasized the importance of arming university students with knowledge skills, particularly after the spread of quality culture at the university and program level. He also stressed that it is necessary to review the study plans, and focus on the outcomes of education, and to work within the national qualification framework, which focuses on knowledge, skill and competence.
The four-day course gives an introduction to the Jordanian experience in the quality of higher education, the evaluation mechanism and procedures at the program and institutional levels, practical applications of the evaluation mechanism, the use of the measurement manual (assessment), and how to write the assessment report.