Accreditation in higher education is a quality assurance process based on self and peer assessment. The purpose is the improvement of academic quality and public accountability.
The implementation of accreditation offers the opportunity for any institution to be recognised as a body that offers quality education and research for the good of society. However, it can also become a challenge, as potentially, an accreditation process can reveal deficiencies in quality and management errors. It places the institution’s credibility and reputation at risk.
During the academic year of 2017-2018, the office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation at the University of Kurdistan Hewler (UKH), examined the teaching and learning system of the whole university and delivery of courses, to ensure that the required standards were met. This internal assessment included the administration system of the university as well. Consequently, members of the Executive Management Board (EMB), were confident enough to apply for International Accreditation.
On 19th December 2018, the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities (ASIC), awarded accreditation to the University of Kurdistan Hewler (UKH), as a Premier University.
ASIC is an independent, UK government approved accreditation body, specialising in the accreditation of schools, colleges and universities. It is also a member of the CHEA International Quality Group in the USA.
In the process, ASIC examined UKH as an institution as a whole, including the administration systems, teaching and delivery of the courses, to ensure that the required standards were met.
Throughout the whole process, which lasted 7 months, ASIC awarded UKH commendable grades in the areas of (i) Premises and Health & Safety (ii) Management and Staff Resources (iii) Learning and Teaching: Course Delivery (iv) Quality Assurance and Enhancement (v) Student Welfare, and (vi) Marketing and Recruitment.