(Abu Dhabi) – His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research confirmed that the UAE under the leadership by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, President of the UAE is keen to achieve quality and excellence in all areas, and the higher education rally since it began determined by a primary goal, represented in full compliance with prestigious standards of quality and excellence.
This came during the opening of the first conference of the Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education by His Excellency yesterday with a participation of 280 experts representing 30 countries, and the presence of Dr. Saeed Hamad Al-Hassani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Dr Sulaiman Al Jassim Director of Zayed University, and Ali Saeed Bin Harmel Al Dhahery virtual head of Abu Dhabi University executive council, in addition to Dr. Badr Aboul-Ela chairman of the Academic Accreditation, and Dr. Nadia Badrawi Chairman of the Arab Network for Quality Assurance, and number of academic leaders and academic accreditation experts in the Arab world and the world. And confirmed His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in his opening speech the importance of the conference, which embodies the goals of all of use in the Arab region to establish principles and expectations but also clear indications of the levels of quality and excellence in our universities and colleges, he also pointed out that the Commission for Academic Accreditation in Emirates is organizing the conference in order to confirm its prestigious position and leadership in this area, and hosting the Conference in UAE is significant. He explained that this includes also the commitment to the best standards and global performance indicators, both in the curriculum, and methods and strategies for learning and assessment, and the work of faculty members, in addition to the important roles for scientific research, and continuing education programs. It also includes regulatory frameworks, the necessary budgets, facilities, equipment, techniques and tools, and all the factors required for successful higher education in this day and age. He said: We in UAE are very careful that all universities and colleges, public and private, to comply with high standard of quality in light of effective systems and procedures, licensing and accreditation of these institutions.
He added; you are in the Arabic Network and in this conference in particular are well aware of the growing role of knowledge as an engine for economical and social activity in the region and the world has led to an increase in the position of higher education, in the rally of the communities. He also emphasize its importance, not only in supporting the efforts of development and progress, but also in the preparation of students for productive and rich lives. He added, and you realize too, in this light, the importance of the role that you are playing in the authorities and institutions of academic accreditation in raising the awareness of the community with the performance level in its universities and colleges, and assisting them to constantly develop for better. You also play an important role in providing students and their families, with information that will help them in selection of the suitable universities and colleges, as well as providing them with information about equalizing their degrees and programs offered by these universities and colleges in different places in the world.