Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University Prepares Kindergarten Program for Program Accreditation

The UQU Vice President for Development and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Hani Ghazi, yesterday met with Dr. Ali Al-Matrifi, Dean of the College of Education, vice deans, and the heads of the departments to discuss the kindergarten program, for it to obtain program accreditation during the academic year 1440/1441 A.H. The discussion was attended by the Dean of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Muhammad Thabit, college vice deans and advisors, in the college meeting hall at Al-Abidiyyah campus.

Dr. Hani Ghazi pointed out that the aim of the meeting was to prepare the college to obtain the national program accreditation for all its future programs, specifically the kindergarten program, at the present time, from the Education Evaluation Commission. He also explained that program accreditation from the commission is an extension of the action plan of university development and quality improvement, for all university programs to obtain the national academic program accreditation.

He pointed out that the academic programs that were granted international academic accreditation so far amounted to 37 different programs in the field of science and humanities as well as medical, engineering, and administrative specialties, representing more than 75% of the total university programs. He explained that program accreditation enables departments to develop their academic programs and to improve the quality of its educational and research outputs, to serve the society according to the Saudi Kingdom's ambitious vision 2030.

Dr. Muhammad Thabit explained that the Deanship of Academic Development seeks to consolidate the methodology of all-round quality, and the processes of ensuring, developing and improving them in academic, administrative and research systems. It also seeks their development in order to ensure the improvement of its educational and research outputs. He added that the work will be performed in cooperation with colleges represented by their academic departments to adapt its programs in accordance with the latest international standards in the educational process.

Dr. Ali Al-Matrifi pointed out that the college seeks to keep pace with leadership and excellence in educational work, scientific research, and community services. He added that during the coming period they will be working to meet the requirements of the Education Evaluation Commission for the kindergarten program to obtain a national program accreditation certificate. He also pointed out that the college seeks to achieve the principle of quality to meet the needs of the labor market.