Proceeding from its keenness to keep pace with the rapid-changing world and harmonize its outcomes with the country's development requirements and labor market, Umm Al-Qura University has set its sights on achieving total quality in all its administration, colleges and academic departments.
This interest was the driving force behind the University's going through several phases towards establishing an official body responsible for quality and accreditation. The fruit of such effort was establishing the Deanship of University Development and Quality. Special attention was paid to the development of structuring, naming and the duties relating to development and quality.
The following is a brief account of the phases which culminated in establishing the Deanship of University Development and Quality (See figure 1).
The Deanship of University Development has taken significant steps and made great achievements in its endeavors to entrench the approach of total quality and the operations of quality assurance, development and improvement in academic, administrative and research systems.
It has always sought to firmly establish such approach in human resources' performance and learning resources at Umm Al-Qura University. Its goal has been to improve its outcomes and services in terms of education, scientific research and community service and to attain the optimal levels of performance bolstered by qualifying for national and international accreditations with an emphasis on its originality and Islamic identity and with its attention focused on continuous development to fulfill international standards in education and join ranks of the world's top universities.