CLICKS PARTICIPATE AT THE UNESCO REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON ESTABLISHING AND ENHANCING A CULTURE OF QUALITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEMS FOR THE ARAB STATES

The Center for Learning Innovation and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) represented by its CEO, Dr. Narimane Hadj-Hamou was invited to participate in a UNESCO regional workshop on Establishing and Enhancing a Culture of Quality in Higher Education Systems for the Arab States. The workshop which took place between the 12th and 14th of May in Beirut was organized as part of the UNESCO’s efforts to support the increasing interest and focus on quality and quality assurance in higher education for the Arab States.

  • Explore country needs and facilitate (preliminary) agreements on priority directions for revisiting the HED Strategy of UNESCO BEI especially in view of assisting Arab countries in establishing/enhancing a culture of quality in their respective HED systems;
  • Explore avenues for enhancing synergies and cooperation with existing HED Agencies and Networks that are active in the Arab Region;
  • Enhance comparative approaches to HED by analyzing achievements and challenges in defining HED quality and implementing QA mechanisms internationally that are relevant for the Arab States;
  • Provide an overview of the outcomes of the HED Program 2010-2011 and suggestions on how to capitalize on its achievements to date;
  • Collect issues and cases to be included in a Draft Outline of HEPFAS;
  • Present suggestions for follow up work plans, including the pilot testing of the Standards and the collaborative development of the HEPFAS.

During the three days programs several aspects related to quality were tackled including: frameworks for Quality assurance, the establishment of a culture of quality and continuous improvement, quality in online and distance education and gender related issues in higher education. CLICKS intervention was more geared towards quality in online and open education.

The regional workshop was attended by representatives from accrediting agencies and quality directors from several Arab countries, as well as advisors to different Ministers of Higher Education and other regional and international quality experts.

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