News & Events
EQuAM in EQAF
The 9th European Quality Assurance Forum, co-organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, took place at the University of Barcelona, Spain, on 13-15 November 2014. Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2014 EQAF, entitled “Changing education–QA and the shift from teaching to learning”, combined practice-oriented or research-based discussions that took place in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in quality assurance. A dedicated session to present the EQuAM first results and outcomes gave the project a unique opportunity for dissemination and experience sharing The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) provides a unique platform for the higher education and quality assurance (QA) communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the field. The main purpose of the Forum is to foster a dialogue on QA that bridges national boundaries and leads to a truly European discussion on QA in higher education, and to create a common European understanding of QA through discussions and networking among different stakeholder groups.
Training Workshop in Madrid
Three-day training was organised by ANECA in Madrid for Jordanian Quality Assurance officials and managers on 23, 24, 25 June 2014. This first training consisted in a series of presentations on the Spanish case and, more specifically, on the relationship between universities and the Accreditation Agency. Jordanian partners had the chance as well to present the last development of the EQuAM project and to discuss, together with the Higher Education Accreditation commission’s representative (HEAC), the lessons learnt from the ANECA experience and how to implement the EQuAM guidelines in Jordan. Please make sure to check the agenda and the presentations to find out more about this training.
On May 14th -15th the EQuAM consortium held a meeting in Amman in order to start piloting the new drafted guidelines and procedures on Quality Assurance for Jordanian Universities. The first university to be evaluated was Yarkmouk University and we counted with the participation of the Vice-President of YU, the Vice-President for Academic, Deans and Head of Departments, the Head of the Quality Assurance Bureau, and five students (undergraduate, graduate, graduated).
The pilot was led by the experts from Europe (ANECA, ENQA) and two from Jordan (PSUT and the Hashemite University). The University of Barcelona chaired the panel and the session. As a result a series of discussions with the Higher Education Accreditation Commission are taking place in order to combine the existing model with the improvements brought by EQuAM.
Presentation of the Quality Assurance Guidelines
The Association of Arab Universities (AArU) hosted on 22 January 2014 the presentation of the Quality Assurance Guidelines to be implemented in Jordanian Universities. These guidelines were drafted by the experts from Yarmouk University, The Hashemite University, and the Princess Sumaya University with the support of the ANECA and all the other members of the consortium from both Jordan and Europe.
Workshop on Common Quality Assurance Guidelines in Amman
A workshop was organised on 20-21 October 2013 at the Higher Education Accreditation Commission in Amman where the Jordanian partners presented the final result of the survey on QA in Jordanian HEI, the advancement of the White Paper to be drafted and discussed with the European partners the first draft of the QA guidelines. The discussions and debates were led by Prof. Nick Harris from ANECA, the Spanish Quality Assurance Agency
Dissemination and Consortium Meeting
Tallinn Meeting: On 16-17 June 2013, a dissemination and consortium meeting took place in Tallinn University of Technology. The purpose was to explore and get a better understanding of Quality Assurance procedures and standards in Estonia through the participation and intervention of several experts in the field and see what the commonalities with the other European countries are and how this experience can benefit the Jordanian Higher Education system. In addition, the EQuAM project’s objectives and first outcomes were presented during the pre-congress meeting of the 57th congress of the European Organization for Quality to which international experts on Quality Assurance were participating. This gave an important dissemination opportunity and multiplier effect to the project. To find out more about this conference and on the pre-congress and congress agendas please visit the following website:
Pre-congress program: http://www.quality2013.eu/en/pre-congress-program
Congress program: http://www.quality2013.eu/en/program2.
Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Jordan: State of the Art, Context and Next Developments
A two day meeting was held at the University al-Hussein Ibn Talal in Ma'an to study the current situation of Quality Assurance procedures and state of the art in Jordanian universities. Among the different presentations that were made, the first results of a survey carried out in severla Jordanian HE by the Hashemite university were presented. This gathering counted with the participation of His Excellency the Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education of Jordan, Dr. Mustafa Al-Adwan.
Roundabout on European QA Management
A 2-day roundtable was held in Brussels in the period 18-19 April 2013 in order to discuss the current practices on management of QA in Europe at both internal (university or institutional level) and external (national and regional). Management models were analysed to gain a deeper insight into the various management procedures followed by EU QA agencies and universities. The roundtable was coordinated by ENQA and attended by all EU and Jordanian partner institutions.
A 2-day matching exercise was held in Sapienza University Di Roma in the period 27 February to 1 March 2103 in order to have a firsthand look on current practices of EU universities on how they manage internal QA at the university level. The activity was coordinated by Sapienza University and attended by representative of all Jordanian partner institutions.
2nd Matching Exercise on Internal EU QA Management
A matching exercise was held in the University of Barcelona in the period 17-22 January 2013 in order to have a firsthand look on current practices of EU universities on how they manage internal QA at the university level. The activity was coordinated by the University of Barcelona and attended by representative of all Jordanian partner institutions.