Enhancing Quality Assurance Management in Jordanian Universities”,
EQuAM, is a Structural Measures TEMPUS
approved by the European Commission under grant agreement number
It is coordinated by University of Barcelona, Spain.
The wider objective of EQuAM is to improve management of quality assurance and enhance the capacity of quality assurance bureaus in universities in Jordan, and aims at assisting the creation of a model to assess the quality of the Jordanian higher education system. Principles, priorities, guidelines and procedures will be produced to support Jordanian higher education institutions and their Quality Assurance Bureaus, hence improving internal QA in line with new national higher education accreditation commission (HEAC) requirements and international expectations. The model will be based on analyses of needs and capacities in higher education institutions and the experiences and best practices from the successful QA action line of the Bologna Process. Workshops, consultations and ‘matching’ exercises will contribute relevant material from Jordanian and European higher education institutions, QA agencies and consortia. The model will be piloted in Jordanian higher education institutions and complemented by training and capacity building to support its sustainability. European experiences in building productive relationships between higher education institutions and their QA agencies will inform the effective implementation of the model and reflect the importance of autonomous universities meeting national and international expectations whilst still working in different contexts. EQuAM is coordinated by University of Barcelona, Spain, with six universities participating from the Jordanian side: Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Yarmouk University, Hashemite University, Mutah University, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University and Tafila Technical University, in addition to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Higher Education Accreditation Commission and Association of Arab Universities. From the European side, EQuAM members are the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA), the Agency for Quality Assurance in the Catalan University System (AQU) University of Tallinn, Estonia, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy and University Montpellier 1, France.