Based on BAU strategic objectives “To promote internationalization and make BAU visible at the international level”, the University has held the responsibility to follow the international standards in all aspects by seeking institutional international accreditation in addition to programme international accreditation for the programmes of its Faculties.
Institutional International Accreditation
Institutional accreditation in higher education is the tool used worldwide to monitor, assess, and evaluate the standards and the quality of the university. It is a proof that a university has met certain standards necessary to prepare students who are ready to enter their professions.
Institutional accreditation also is an assurance that the professionals have a solid educational foundation and are capable of leading the innovation processes, emerging technologies and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.
Impacts of the Institutional International Accreditation
Institutional international accreditation has a great impact on:
a.Students and graduates;
b.Academic and non-academic staff members;
c.Programmes and institution;
d.Public increasing community trust;
e.Professionals in Business, Industry, Medical Sector, and Government.
Benefits of Institutional International Accreditation
Institutional international accreditation has many benefits that can be summarized in the following points:
b.Evidence of quality;
c.Sharing of best practices;
e.International partnership opportunities.
Procedures for Institutional International Accreditation at BAU
a.In 2013, BAU was seeking an international institutional accreditation from a well-known institutional accreditation agency: “The Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation” (FIBAA) of Germany http://www.fibaa.org/en/fibaa/fibaa0540.html http://www.fibaa.org/en/fibaa/fibaa0404.html ;
b.BAU set-up a University Committee to prepare the BAU self-assessment report for the institutional accreditation based on FIBAA standards http://www.fibaa.org/uploads/media/FIBAA_AG_Inst_Accr_Engl.pdf ;
c.The Committee included academic staff (Deans and academic members), non-academic staff (Secretary General, directors and administrative members) and students representing all faculties;
d.The Committee was helped by the members of the University Quality Assurance Committee, as well as the members of the Quality Assurance Units at various faculties;
e.On September 25th, 2013 a pre-accreditation visit of FIBAA representative was carried out;
f.On June 30th, 2014 BAU sent the self-assessment report with its appendices;
g.The FIBAA on-site visit was carried out on October 27th-28th, 2014. The FIBAA team consisted of 5 reviewers plus a FIBAA representative;
h.The preliminary report has been delivered to BAU in January 2015;
i.On April 13th, 2015 BAU was awarded unconditional international institutional accreditation by “The Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation” (FIBAA), for 6 academic years, until April 12th, 2021 http://www.fibaa.org/fileadmin/files/folder/FIBAA-Newsletter/FIBAA-Newsletter-English-02_2015.pdf
Programme International Accreditation
Programme international accreditation provides BAU with a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve the quality of its programmes.
Benefits of Programme International Accreditation
Programme international accreditation has many benefits:
a.International accreditation assures that a programme has met high quality standards set by the profession;
b.International accreditation helps students and their parents choose quality faculty’s programmes;
c.International accreditation enables employers to recruit a well-prepared graduates;
d.International accreditation increases competitiveness of accredited units;
e.International accreditation facilitates the acceptance of students for postgraduate in international institutions;
f.International accreditation is important for the acceptance of the transferred students from other programmes;
g.International accreditation ensures and improves the employability and business relevance of the Alumni.
Programme Accreditation Procedures
1.Request for approval: The Faculty send a request of accreditation from the accreditation agency;
2.Preparation of the self-study report: The faculty responsible for the programme concerned should have carried out a self-assessment of the programme to be assessed. A good self-assessment, critically and analytically offers the faculty a good view on the quality itself;
3.Nomination of expert team: The agency nominates experts. The proposed names will be sent to the faculty to see if there is a serious objection against anyone of the candidates. If not, the agency will appoint the members of the expert team;
4.Sending the self-assessment report: The faculty send the prepared self-assessment report to the agency then to the assessment experts team;
5.Site-visit of expert team: The chairperson of the team will confirm the programme of the site-visit in consultation with the faculty according to given schedule. During the site-visit, appointments will be made with whoever staff members and students the team would like to talk to;
6.The results of the evaluation process:
i.A draft report will be sent to the faculty for comments. The comments should concern only factual errors and inaccuracies.
ii.After the feedback from the faculty, the chairperson of the expert team will send the final report to the agency commission.
If the Programme meets all conditions, the accreditation is valid for a definite number of years.
8.Accreditation with conditions: If the Programme has not met some requirements, the accreditation is granted with conditions.
9.Non- Accreditation/ Rejection: A Programme Accreditation is rejected if the Programme does not meet the quality requirements.
10.Certificate, Seal, Publication: If the accreditation is granted, the Agency awards a certificate with its quality seal.
The following links to international accreditation agencies for programmes and institution.