QA in Higher Education University Ranking
Quality Enhancement Cell at FUI organized a one day seminar on “Quality Assurance in Higher Education & University Ranking” on April 18, 2019 at FURC. Dr. Riaz Ahmed, Director Quality Assurance at NUST, was the Guest Speaker of the seminar. The seminar was attended by more than 20 QEC Officials from 11 universities located in Rawalpindi and Islamabad as well as 50 Faculty Members of FUI. The Guest Speaker emphasized on the need and mechanism of quality assurance university ranking and the role of Quality Enhancement Cells. He also highlighted the challenges faced during the implementation of Quality Assurance process. Certificates were distributed among all participants of the seminar.
2nd International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education
University of Education Lahore hosted the 2 nd International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education & Annual General Meeting in collaboration with HEC and Khyber Medical University Peshawar. Universities from all over Pakistan participated in the Conference. QEC Team of FUI attended the three days Conference from April 23-25, 2019 and gained a good learning experience. Besides national speakers, keynote speakers Dr. Donald Staub and Dr. Selva Staub from Bandirma Onyedi Eylul University Turkey, Ms. Kethamonie Naidoo Director Accreditation Council on Higher Education (CHE) from South Africa, Ms. Bahar Gün from Izmir University of Economics Turkey, Mr. Bassam Al Hamad from University of Bahrain and Dr. Khalid Azim Khan from Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia presented their work.
The panel discussions were conducted on various themes of Quality Assurance. The Vice Chancellor of UoE Prof. Dr. Rauf-i-Azam while sharing his concluding remarks said that this platform has provided opportunity to share knowledge, exchange experiences about best quality assurance practices.
Participation in Progress Review Meeting & Training of QECs organized by HEC
Mr. Umair Naseer, Assistant Director QEC attended Progress Review Meeting and Training of QECs on April 15-16, 2019 arranged by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan at Grand Ambassador Hotel Islamabad. The first day session includes presentations on Progress of QECs in the universities regarding different parameters and instruction given by HEC. The presentation on behalf of QEC FUI is given by Assistant Director QEC. The second day of activity includes revised template of Yearly Progress Report (YPR) and Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) along with database of DAI. The training is basically planned to guide the DAIs regarding preparation of YPR as required database and acceptable evidences against each parameter of revised criteria.
SAR Review of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
The external assessment of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program of FUI was carried out by Dr Arshad Nawaz Malik, Associate Professor Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University under arrangement of QEC on April 22, 2019 at FUIRS. Dr. Arshad Nawaz Malik thoroughly reviewed the program on 8 criterion and 31 standards including Mission, Vision of Program, its Curriculum, Faculty, Students, Resources, Labs and Library etc. The Self-Assessment Report of the DPT program was prepared by Dr Madiha Ashfaq and Dr Furqan Hassan under the guidance of QEC FUI. Dr Arshad appreciated the well- furnished Department of FUIRS with adequate infrastructure and facilities. He also added that the faculty is very professional and highly skilled. Moreover, students are satisfied with the facilities at FUIRS.
At the end of assessment, Dr. Arshad shared his findings and Dr. Furqan Ahmed Siddiqui shared the corrective measures for improvement of the program.
SAR Review of MS and PhD Psychology Programs
The external assessment of MS and Ph.D Psychology Programs of Foundation University Islamabad was carried out by Dr. Irum Naqvi, National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad under arrangements of Quality Enhancement Cell on April 17, 2019 at FURC. The programs were assessed on 8 criterions and 31 standards defined in QA Manual of HEC. The Self-Assessment Report was prepared by Ms. Hafsa Khalil Toor with the help of colleagues under the guidance of QEC. At the end of assessment, the external highlighted the strengths of the program including highly qualified Faculty Members, resources including laboratories and library, conducive environment for learning in the department. The external also shared the findings for improvements in the programs and afterwards Brig. Dr. Tanvir Ahmad, HOD Psychology proposed his Plan of Action for future improvements of both the Academic and Research Programs.
Training on Outcome Based Education (OBE), Academic Quality Assurance and Metacognition, FUI
Quality Enhancement Cell FUI arranged a training for faculty and students on October 15, 2018. The focus of the training was on Outcome Based Education (OBE), Academic Quality Assurance and Metacognition. Prof. Dr. Kamran Moosa, Principal Consultant and CEO of Pakistan Institute of Quality Control (PIQC) was the Resource Person. The training provided a valuable insight to the participants regarding OBE and its role in academic teaching quality.
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Participation of FUI Students in Summer Camp at University of Bedfordshire, UK
A group of 42 students accompanying two faculty members from Foundation University Islamabad attended summer camp at University of Bedfordshire, UK from 9-16 September, 2018. There, they learnt about education system of UK and explored new higher educational avenues for their future studies. The students also received completion certificates at the end of summer camp.
2nd National Level Seminar on "Promoting Quality Culture in HEIs”, University of Wah
Miss Sundus Iqbal, Data Analyst QEC has participated in 2nd National Level Seminar on "Promoting Quality Culture in HEIs" organized by Directorate of Quality Assurance & Enhancement, University of Wah on May 10, 2018. The event was beneficial with regard to promotion of Quality Culture and ranking of the University.
Training of Key University Incumbents on Quality Assurance & Governance
Registrar FUI, In-Charge QEC, Director FURC, Controller Exam, Prof. Dr. Raja Nasim Akhtar and Dr. Furqan Siddiqui has participated in “Training of Key University Incumbents on Quality Assurance & Governance” on March 20, 2017 organized by Higher Education Commission Pakistan.
1st International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Khyber Medical University Peshawar
QEC team has attended the 1st International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education organized by Khyber Medical University in Peshawar on December 18-19, 2017. The Conference focused on the Impact of Quality enhancement practices and competition at International level for seeking standardization of qualification framework and employment. The participants were enlightened with good QA practices in imparting knowledge, skills and Research at HEIs.
National Level Seminar on "Quality Assurance Practices in HEI's"
Mr. Umair Naseer, Assistant Director QEC have participated in National Level Seminar on "Quality Assurance Practices in HEI's" organized by Directorate of Quality Assurance & Enhancement, University of Wah on May 08, 2017. The event was very useful with regard to the development and ranking of QEC in the university.
02 DAY ACTIVITY OF HEADS OF QEC ON 4-5 MAY, 2017
Mr. Umair Naseer, Assistant Director QEC have participated in “02 Day Activity of HEADs of QEC” organized by HEC on May 04-05, 2017. On first day, Mr. Umair Naseer has briefed the participants regarding current standing of QEC in Foundation University Islamabad, permanent staff of QEC, membership of statutory bodies and available resources at FUI. During second day, training on pre-visit preparation of Institution Performance Evaluation and MS/MPhil/Ph.D. programs is provided to the participants.
Program Teams Training:
Quality Enhancement Cell FUI organized training for program teams and QA coordinators of FUI on September 26, 2017 at Conference Room, FURC. Ms Fareena Iqbal, Director QEC at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) was invited to provide training on Self-Assessment Report writing. After successful completion of the training certificate of participation were distributed among all the participants.
Training of QEC Officials on HEC's Ranking Software
In-Charge QEC and Assistant Director QEC have participated in “Training of QEC Officials on HEC’s Ranking Software” on December 09, 2016 organized by HEC. HEC has introduced new software for automation of data regarding rankings of the universities in Pakistan.