University Quality Assurance International Board (UQAIB) Established by Knowledge and Human Development Authority Board Resolution No. (1) 2008 Purpose To provide KHDA with reputable, independent and international input and education provided in Dubai Free Zones Scope To review all new academic permit applications and renewal applications, and make recommendations to the Regulation and Compliance Commission at KHDA on accepting or rejecting the application, along with reasons to support the recommendation Objective To validate that the HEP Branch provides a learning context equivalent to that at the HEP Home; and that the programmes achieve equivalent learning outcomes to that at the HEP Home. This is known as the Equivalency Validation Model International Accreditation and Quality Assurance UQAIB places reliance on the quality assurance and accreditation from the Home Country. Our current institutions are already accredited and quality assured by agencies including the QAA (UK), NAAC (INDIA), NEASC and Middle States (USA), TEQSA (Australia) Institutions UQAIB currently reviews 20 International Branch Campuses located in Dubai Free Zones. UQAIB has denied Academic Authorizations to 3 institutions in the past. Programmes UQAIB reviews programmes of the 20 International Branch Campuses. UQAIB has approved over 125 new programmes between 2009 and 2012. Executive Council Resolution 21 (2011) Decree announced in June 2011 Higher Education institutions in the Free Zones to be regulated by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) Academic Qualifications of students from approved institutions to be certified (attested) by KHDA Academic Qualifications granted by the Academic Institutions and certified by the KHDA shall be recognized in the Emirate by all public and private entities for all purposes. UQAIB Board MEMBERS UK USA FRANCE HONG KONG UAE INDIA SAUDI ARABIA KENYA MALAYSIA AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND What do we ask for? (onus on institutions) Endorsement at most senior level Evidence of accreditation status/quality agency report Evidence that agency has been advised of Dubai activity Details of internal transnational QA processes. Evidence of programme equivalence (side-by-side) Target market and evidence of demand External examiner reports or equivalent process Progression statistics and staffing details Library adequacy, student grievance process Prove that you have a validated/accredited programme at home and that you can run the same in Dubai Does the UQAIB process work? Novel process: rapid buy-in by the original Board Efficient, minimum documentation (Trust other agencies) Strong: constant review initially; must fulfil requirements exactly; interventionist where necessary Consistent: same people review everything (hard work for the Board) Effective: removed ‘problems’, helped ‘novices’, encouraged ‘good performers’ and ensured high quality of HE in the Free Zones. Enjoyable: excellent team, best Board I’ve been on!