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International Accreditation


Introduction

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:
a.Enhances reputation;
b.Evidence of quality;
c.Sharing of best practices;
d.Public accountability;
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 
http://www.fibaa.org/uploads/media/Assessment_Report_Freigabe_HS_US.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.
7.Granting accreditation:
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.

Links
The following links to international accreditation agencies for programmes and institution.

Agency

Website

Logo

Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences

(AHPGS)

www.ahpgs.de

 

Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation

(FIBAA)

www.fibaa.org

http://www.fibaa.org/nc/en/procedures-at-programme-level/prog-according-to-fibaa-quality-standards/accredited-programmes.html?menu=weitere

Royal Institute of British Architects

(RIBA)

www.architecture.com

https://www.architecture.com/files/ribaprofessionalservices/education/validation/2010/internationalschoolslist.pdf

Accreditation Board For Engineering and Technology (ABET)

www.abet.org

http://main.abet.org/aps/AccreditedProgramsDetails.aspx?OrganizationID=7908&ProgramIDs=

The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs

(CCAPP)

www.ccapp-accredit.ca

http://ccapp-accredit.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/directory_annual_report_2015.pdf

http://ccapp-accredit.ca/international-programs/list-of-international-programs/

World Federation for Medical Education

(WFME)

www.wfme.org

Association for Dental Education in Europe

(ADEE)

www.adee.org

http://www.adee.org/about/members.php

World Confederation for Physical Therapy

(WCPT)

www.wcpt.org

http://www.wcpt.org/news/chinese-university-accreditation-August16

Latest Status of International Accreditation

 

 

 

#

Faculty

Programme

Accreditation

Body

Accreditation Duration

 

Number of years

From

To

 

1

Human Sciences

Psychology

Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences (AHPGS)

Waiting for the accreditation decision

 

2

Law & Political Science

- Bachelor

- Master

- Ph.D.

Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)

5

25th November

2016

End of Fall semester

2021/2022

 

3

Business Administration

- Bachelor

- MBA

Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)

5

19th

June

2015

31st August

2020

 

4

Architectural Engineering

Bachelor

 

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

5

1st November

2012

1st November

2017

 

5

Engineering

Communications & Electronics Engineering

Accreditation Board For Engineering and Technology (ABET)

6

1st

October

2011

30th

September

2017

 

6

Science

Computer Science

Accreditation Board For Engineering and Technology (ABET)

6

1st

October

2011

30th

September

2017

 

7

Pharmacy

Bachelor

The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)

2

July

2015

June

2017

 

8

Medicine

Bachelor

World Federation for Medical Education (wfme)

Preparing the self-evaluation report

 

9

Dentistry

Bachelor

Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE)

-

29th

August

2014

-

 

10

Health Sciences

Physical Therapy

World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)

5

27th

June

2016

26th

June

2021

 

- Nursing

- Human Nutrition and Dietetics

- Medical Laboratory Technology

Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences (AHPGS)

Waiting for the accreditation decision

 

11

Institutional Accreditation

Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)

6

13th

April

2015

12th

April

2021

 




 
















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