Academic Quality Assurance

‎The Quality Assurance Unit in the Vice President for Planning & Development office supports the strategic objectives of the University‎ and ensuring that quality standards are met throughout. Such standards are maintained by utilising a uniform structure in which all academic departments meet a certain benchmark of quality as well as sustained academic and institutional development.

The QAU’s primary role is to ensure the successful implementation and maintenance of the aforementioned developmental framework, constantly assessing and appraising every department to ensure that standards are met. Furthermore the QAU champions a spirit of self-assessment at the personal as well as the institutional level of academia. The QAU is, at its core, a data driven department, using evidence-based assessment to implement change in conjuncture with the Institutional Research Unit. 

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The institutional effectiveness manual (IEM) demonstrates and documents the institutional quality standards, processes and procedures developed by Birzeit University (BZU) to ensure its commitment to maintaining quality education while fostering continuous improvement of its provisions and outputs. The IEM provides a list of assessment standards that underpin the university’s academic quality enhancement and institutional effectiveness. It provides clear procedures, processes and guidelines to those involved in the academic quality enhancement and in the institutional effectiveness. The manual takes into account the requirements of the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (AQAC), the Palestinian national agency, for licensure, re-licensure, accreditation, re-accreditation.

The manual is aligned with international criteria if and when external accreditation for existing academic programs is pursued. It also meets the minimum threshold requirements to pursue international certification for quality management systems for any interested department.