The President of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), Prof. Abdullah bin Omar Bafail, received the Executive Director of the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) at the Education Evaluation Commission, Dr. Ahmed Bin Yahiya Al-Jubaily, at King Faisal Hall in Al-Abdiyyah.
Prof. Bafail launched the introductory meeting presented by Dr. Ahmad Al-Jubaily and organized by the Deanship of Development and Quality in the presence of the UQU vice presidents, the college deans, and the supportive deanships.
Prof. Bafail expressed appreciation for the support provided by the wise leadership to the educational, research, and administrative environment of the university and underscored the university’s keenness to achieve a high level of quality in the academic and educational process to upgrade the university's outputs in line with the requirements of the labor market and Saudi Vision 2030.
He praised the support provided by the Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-`Isa, for the activities of the university. He also praised the cooperation and communication of NCAAA with the university to enable it to keep pace with the accelerated developments and changes in the educational, research, and technical process.
Dr. Al-Jubaily praised the enthusiasm of Prof. Bafail in receiving him and attending the meeting. He then reviewed the plans of the NCAAA and the advanced institutional and programming accreditation standards for the undergraduate and postgraduate phases.
He compared the current and advanced accreditation criteria, revealing that the later were reduced to more efficient and time-saving institutional and programming standards in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the current trends of the labor market.
He said the most important developments in this regard include reducing the institutional and programming standards fees by 70% and developing an accreditation system "guarantee," which will automate all services and procedures related to the examination of the academic accreditation process, including the self-study report, self-assessment standards, and performance indicator data.