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NUST Represented at QS–MAPLE Conference and Ranking Workshop in Dubai
The 1st QS-MAPLE Conference and 5th University Ranking Workshop were organized at Dubai Knowledge Village from 1-3 May 2011. The main theme of the Conference was “Globalizing Higher Education” with broad tracks including Managing Quality Assurance, Teaching and Learning, Internationalizing the Student Experience, Cross-border/Transnational Education & International Partnerships, Branding, Marketing & Recruitment and Research, Development & Collaboration. The workshop focused on the weightage and understanding of the criteria and methodology of World Universities Rankings by Quacqurelli Symonds and Webometrics rankings by Cybermetrics. A NUST delegation comprising Engr. Muhammad Ismail, Director QA, Ms Zainab Qadir, Assistant Manager QA (Self Assessment) and Ms Madeeha Ahsan, Assistant Manager QA (Accreditation) attended the Conference and the Workshop. Engr. Ismail also presented a paper on “Self Assessment of Programs for Quality Assurance”. The paper highlighted the global challenge of the quality assurance of higher education and the international and Pakistani response to counter the challenge. The Quality Assurance Framework of HEC (Pakistan) was discussed in the light of self assessment of programs, university’s internal audit and external review. Moreover, the role of Quality Enhancement Cells established at the Pakistani public and private sector universities was explained. The paper deliberated on the procedure and criteria of self assessment of programs at length. Besides, the role of program teams in writing the self assessment reports and that of the assessment teams in reviewing the report and conducting the assessment was highlighted. The participant of the conference showed keen interest in the Pakistani Model of quality assurance and the presentation generated extensive discussion during the question and answer session.