With more than 20 universities and 300 colleges, Saudi Arabia is finally getting around to implementing a plan for quality assurance in education. It is requiring post-secondary schools to obtain accreditation from a nation-wide organization, the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment, reports Arab News. The article does not get into what measures will be used to assess the quality of education, unfortunately.
Universities face disqualification over academic standards
Hassna’a Mokhtar | Arab News
JEDDAH: The secretary-general of Saudi Arabia’s academic assessment body warned universities lacking appropriate quality certification could lose their license and government funding in the future, local newspapers reported on Monday.
Abdullah Al-Musallam of the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) confirmed three universities had already applied to receive the quality certification.
They are the King Saud University in Riyadh, King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah and Taibah University in Madinah. Al-Musallam said quality standards are determined according to each university’s objectives.