Assessing and Understanding Quality in the Arab Region

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Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 25)

Abstract

This chapter addresses the question of how Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions is being assessed in the Arab Region. Some interpretations about the concept of quality, quality assessment, quality understanding, quality principles, and basic issues used in the assessment of quality are discussed. The chapter examines the understanding of both “quality” and “assessment” and has drawn some conclusions about quality assessment in the Arab Region in general and Jordan in particular. The chapter also discusses the experiences of various Arab states which have established quality assurance commissions or organizations that have initiated steps toward strengthening partnerships between similar quality assurance commissions or organizations in other Arab states. The chapter identifies existing gaps in the current knowledge of Quality Assurance such as: participation on a small scale, different languages, geographic location, lack of QA awareness and its concepts, lack of funds, and the absence of professional quality assurance expertise.

Keywords

High Education Quality Assurance High Education Institution Arab Country High Education Sector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Higher Education Accreditation CommissionMu’tah UniversityMutah, Al KarakJordan

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