February 22, 2018
CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) International QA in the News provides the latest briefings, articles, reports, op-eds and reviews about quality assurance around the world. CHEA/CIQG will be publishing this update as needed to keep you informed about important issues that have an effect on quality assurance and its practitioners.
Ministry Recognises All Officially Accredited Foreign Universities (The Jordan Times, February 17, 2018) “The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has decided to start recognising all non-Jordanian universities acknowledged by official accreditation commissions in their home countries, Higher Education Minister Adel Tweisi told The Jordan Times.”
PEC Agrees to Address FUUAST Students’ Pleas (Daily Times, February 20, 2018) “After a 45-day long protest by students of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) Islamabad and boycott of examination against non-accreditation from Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), the council has finally resolved the issue.”
Guru Nanak Dev University Enters UGC Elite Category (Hindustan Times, February 16, 2018) “Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, has become the only university of the region — Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh — to get the elite category-1 status by the University Grants Commission (UGC), giving it powers to have new departments, courses, schools, off-campus facilities and distance education programmes, besides the freedom to hire foreign faculty without the UGC’s approval.”
Australian VET Providers Surprised by ELICOS Regulation Decision (The Pie News, February 14, 2018) “Australian providers are preparing for an end to the delivery of English programs with VET-accreditation after the Australian Skills Quality Authority issued a notice of their intention to ban these courses due to conflicts between vocational and ELICOS standards..”
Tokyo Convention on Qualification Recognition Active (The Pie News, February 14, 2018) “The Tokyo Convention] will provide a framework for the mutual recognition of higher education qualifications through increased information sharing and transparency, taking into account various aspects such as grading procedures and quality assurance schemes.”
Colleges Under Scrutiny (News 24, February 14, 2018) “Dr. Shaheeda Essack, director of the registration of private higher education institutions at the [Department of Higher Education and Training], says blitz inspections were done nationwide as part of regulating private colleges and clamping down on those operating illegally.”