Quality Assurance and Accreditation at University of Kurdistan Hewler

  • Sherwan Kafoor Department of Quality Assurance and Accreditation, University of Kurdistan Hewler, Kurdistan Region - F.R. Iraq http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7741-3036
Keywords: Accreditation, Internal Audit, Qualitative Study, Questionnaire

Abstract

The University of Kurdistan Hewler (UKH) attained accreditation from the Accreditation Service of International Schools, Colleges & Universities (ASIC) based in the United Kingdome (UK) on 19th of December 2018. Achieving accreditation was the conclusion of a two-year comprehensive internal audit, conducted as a self-assessment process by the Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QA&A) in the UKH. The purpose of this review is to explore if the existing quality assurance status at UKH met the requirement of ASIC criteria for the attainment of international accreditation. The process included a qualitative study and documentary analysis, interviews and questionnaires. The accreditation process revealed that the quality areas of learning and teaching, course delivery, quality assurance and enhancement, premises and Health & Safety, student welfare, management and staff resources, and marketing & recruitment, are significantly efficient.

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Author Biography

Sherwan Kafoor, Department of Quality Assurance and Accreditation, University of Kurdistan Hewler, Kurdistan Region - F.R. Iraq

Dr. Sherwan Kafoor, assistant professor and director of quality assurance at UKH completed his MSC and Ph.D. degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK in the field of chemistry of minerals "Iron and Aluminium oxides and Oxyhydroxides”. He joined Brunel University in 1994, worked, studied and completed his second MSc degree in 1997 in the field of Environmental Pollution Science with Legislation and management. Sherwan became an Environmental Pollution Expert, he continued his managerial career for years until his homecoming in 2010 to Kurdistan to join the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research as a Director of Quality Assurance and Accreditation. In addition to his QA job, Sherwan was lecturing Clay Mineralogy in the Department of Soil Science, University of Salahaddin. He has 9 published scientific papers, he is also expert in landfill and recycling management. He Joined UKH on 1st of August 2016 as Director of Quality Assurance and Accreditation. He also teaches geochemistry and Environmental Pollution Science at the Department of NREM, UKH. Sherwan is the Editor-in-chief of two journals; UKHJSS and UKHJSE.

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Published
2019-06-25
How to Cite
Kafoor, S. (2019, June 25). Quality Assurance and Accreditation at University of Kurdistan Hewler. UKH Journal of Social Sciences, 3(1), 62-66. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.25079/ukhjss.v3n1y2019.pp62-66
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