The Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions (AQACHEI) has approved the inclusion of Princess Sumaya University for Technology in the National Qualifications Framework. The resolution was reached at the Commission’s session held yesterday, Wednesday 9th June, which was presided over by its Chairman, Prof. Dhafer Youssef Al-Sarayrah.
PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, said that the University is progressing at an accelerated pace to keep abreast of all local and global developments in the field of harmonization between education and labor markets. This is in accordance with the vision of the Chairperson of the University’s Board of Trustees, HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, in achieving the University’s mission and goals of raising the students' performance academically and professionally to meet the requirements of those markets.
Al-Refai added that the National Qualifications Framework constitutes a clear roadmap that will help the University implement standards related to local and global needs, and they will be monitored, evaluated and developed in a way that enhances integration between the educational and professional sectors.
The Director of PSUT’s Center for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Dr. Ammar Al-Rashdan, said that the University is involved in this framework and fulfills all the required conditions in its academic programs, such as the existence of a strategic plan, organizational structure and program outputs. He stressed that PSUT is characterized by the ability to measure the performance of programs and students in the descriptors of that framework in the same way they are measured in the requirements of local and international accreditations.
The National Qualifications Framework is a comprehensive learning system for classifying academic, professional, technical, training and prior learning qualifications according to a set of descriptors of "knowledge, skills, and competencies", distributed over ten levels of the framework, according to learning outcomes for each level.
This framework aims to facilitate matching Jordanian qualifications with qualifications in other countries, and to ensure regional and international accreditation of Jordanian qualifications and certificates. In turn this will serve to make it easier for graduates to apply for job opportunities, and smooth the path for students wishing to transfer from one educational institution to another, both at home and abroad.
The Erasmus project for creating the National Qualifications Framework in Jordan was launched at PSUT in 2015, followed in 2017 by the opening of the “National Qualifications Framework Conference for Higher Education”. PSUT went on to host the final conference of the Erasmus project in 2019, entitled “Towards the National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education.”