Theme 1.4 - Strengthening Governance, Quality Assurance, and Accreditation

  1. The objective of this theme is to promote substantive and procedural autonomy of universities, and to develop the quality assurance and accreditation system. Increased substantive autonomy will empower universities to take greater initiative and responsibility for the development of academic programs, research activities and community services. Under procedural autonomy universities will have greater administrative powers and responsibilities. A by-law on financial autonomy has been approved by the Cabinet. This enables universities, in principle, to generate and retain revenues from postgraduate degrees, research and consulting activities, and extension courses, to be used for university development. The development of the procedures and systems to implement this by-law, including training and capacity building of university leadership and management, and fiduciary staff, is an important part of this theme. The exercise of substantive autonomy would initially be pilot tested in about two-four universities and rolled out over time.

 

  1. For universities to exercise autonomy and be accountable, a clear long term vision must be implemented. To that end, universities will prepare and implement strategic institutional development plans (SPs) aimed at progressively increasing the quality and relevance of their degree programs, research outputs and community services, and utilizing feedback from external and internal quality assurance reviews. SPs will have to be consistent with the NHESP-II and present a realistic and sustainable financial framework. In parallel, universities will also develop Annual Progress Reports (APRs) which will monitor and report progress towards achieving SP targets, including remedial measures in case of deviations from the SP. Universities’ institutional development will be strengthened through a Mentors Program. Mentors would be drawn from among senior academics from foreign and Afghan universities who will support institutional development and the achievement of the goals and targets set in university development plans. Mentors will interact closely with the senior management of universities through regular visits.

 

  1. Under this theme, quality assurance and accreditation (QAA) will be expanded and strengthened to reflect international standards of rigor and utilization. At the national level, the Afghanistan Quality Assurance and Accreditation Directorate (QAAD) in the MoHE will be developed, including through membership of an international accreditation network such as the Asia Pacific Quality Assurance Network (APQN). This will help MoHE to benefit from international good practice. The QAAD would develop a cadre of QA reviewers trained to incorporate modern QA protocols and guidelines, and conduct a fresh cycle of external quality assurance for public universities and private HEIs. The capacity of the QAAD would also be enhanced to enable a clear, transparent and objective process for the licensing, quality assurance and accreditation of private HEIs. This is an urgent necessity due to the rapid growth of private HEIs of very variable quality.

 

  1. A comprehensive Internal Quality Assurance System will also be developed in public universities. This would involve: (a) setting up Internal Quality Assurance Units (IQAUs) in universities which lack such units; (b) developing IQAUs in universities which have embryonic units; (c) assisting universities to conceptualize, plan and conduct institutional self-assessments; (d) incorporate findings from QA reviews into the design and implementation of university institutional development plans; and (e) establish a process of continuous quality improvement of teaching and learning in universities. The IQAUs will play a key role in assisting the academics to assess and develop the quality of the novel OBE and SCL, and internet-based, teaching and learning methodologies.

 

 

Outputs: 

  1. Establishment of IQAU at Jawzjan University
  2. Participation of head of Quality Assurance of Jawzjan University at Quality Assurance and Accreditation Workshop in Kabul held by HEDP.WB
  3. Conducting Quality Assurance and Accreditation Workshop for lecturers of Jawzjan University.
  4. Water and Lavatory Especially for Girls
  5. Transportation for Girls
  6. ICT Equipment and services
  7. Science Laboratories – Facilities and Equipment
  8. Library Support Including & Translations & Facilities
  9. Supply & Equipment For Existing Lecture Blocks
  10. Counselling Center

 

Activities in Progress:

Theme 1.4.1 - Quality Assurance, and Accreditation

 

The Constitution of Afghanistan mandates that the Government “establish and administer higher, general and specialized education institutions.” The constitution calls for the development of education programs that are “effective” and “balanced.” To achieve that effectiveness and balance the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has established mechanisms to assess and improve the quality of higher education. The Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) emphasizes the importance of “quality education” for all Afghans. It calls for “an increase in the quality and independence of the Higher Education system” among its “priority policies.

Afghan policy makers perceive higher education as a vital engine of growth and development.

Through this theme, HEDP/MoHE promotes the substantive and procedural autonomy of universities, and to develop the quality assurance and accreditation system. Increased substantive autonomy empowers universities to take greater initiative and responsibility for the development of academic programs, research activities and community services.

 

 

 

On 9th and 10 to July 2018 HEDP with cooperation of MoHE planned and conducted a today’s workshop on Accreditation process for some Universities at Kabul – MoHE.

Leadership Board of MoHE & HEDP were the host at the workshop.

The participants were asked to conduct such workshops at their respected universities.

On 08th & 9th of Aug 2018, Introduction of Accreditation Process workshop held in Jawzjan University.

The workshop was held to families the academic members with 11 Quality Assurance Standards, Writing self- assessment Quality Assurance Report, Guideline for writing Annual Assessment Report and Annual Assessment of Department.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  1. To introduce the Accreditation process
  2. How to write the annual assessment report
  3. How to write a self-assessment report
  4. How annual assessment of departments are conducted
  5. How be prepared for accreditation process
  6. How documentaries the evidence

Subject

Facilitator

Remarks

Introduction of 11 Standards of Self – Assessment & Quality Assurance

Prof. M. Hashim Sediq

 

Writing of Self-Assessment and & Quality Assurance Report

Prof. Ab. Qayum Rajabi

 

Annual Assessment of Departments & its importance on Quality Assurance Process

Associate Prof. Gh. Sakhi Nazari

 

Guideline for preparing Annual Assessment Report of Programs

Prof. Ab. Qayum Rajabi

 

Discussion and answering to the question.

Facilitators

 

Conclusion

Prof. M. Hashim Sediq

 

 

Theme 1.4.2 - IQAU

 

HEDP- WB established IQAU at Jawzjan University

All necessary data, information and documents collected and shared with related departments of HEDP for consideration and measurements.

 

Theme 1.4.3 – Water & Lavatory Specially for Girls

 

 Based on request of Jawzjan University and through financially support of HEDP – WB, a Lavatory Specially for Girls project was planned and constructed at Jawzjan University.

The project was contracted by Sattary Construction Company through MoHE.

Contract Details:

Company Name: Sattari Construction Company

Type of Contract: NCB/Construction

Contract No: MoHE/166 /NCB

License No: D-29221

Sattary Construction Company contracted with MoHE and started the project work in 1396 at Jawzjan University.

Several visits have been done by the University Operation Coordinator and work progress reported to related departments of HEDP.

 

1.4.4: Transportation for Girls:

 

With request of Jawzjan University and plan of HEDP, a minibus delivered to Jawjzja University.

Description:

  1. Make: Toyota or Similar
  2. Model: Coaster 2016 or Similar
  3. Engine Capacity: 4000 cc – 4600 cc, Engine: 4.2 L – 5 L
  4. Steering: Power
  5. Steering Position: Left Hand of Driver
  6. Feathers: Cooling system
  7. Fuel: Diesel or LPG Gas
  8. Passenger Capacity: 26 seats – 30 seats
  9. Engine Type: Diesel=N04C Diesel Turbo or LPG 1BZ-FPE
  10. Color: White
  11. Number of Doors: 2
  12. Switch Board: FM Radio, Audio System, Cassette Player and CD player
  13. Safety: High mount stop Lamp, Fire extinguisher and Front seat belts

Through criteria, the needy female students selected.

A timetable is set in 2 shift morning and afternoon.

The beneficiaries are really happy , the safely and without any concern come to university.

Before this, they were really facing financial and transportation systems problems.

By receiving the bus, their problems solved somewhat.

 

1.4.5: ICT Equipment and Services

 

Based on plan, it is under plan and consideration

 

1.4.6: Science Lab – Facilities and Equipment

 Based on plan, HEDP is aimed to equip Labs of Jawzjan University.

The necessary data, information and list of Lab equipment of faculties of Construction, Mines and Geology, Chemical Technology and Education of Jawzjan University collected and shared with HEDP for consideration and procurement.

 

Lab Equipment List of Jawzjan University

 

No

Name of Faculty

No of Items

Total Estimated Cost in $

Remarks

1

Construction Faculty

4

22640

 

2

Chemical Engineering Faculty

104

32963.15

 

3

Mines & Geology Faculty

14

36555

 

4

Social Science Faculty

7

3080

 

5

Law Faculty

8

4420

 

Sub Total in $

147

99658.15

 

 

 

 

No

Name of Faculty

No of Items

Total Estimated Cost in Afg

Remarks

1

Construction Faculty

4

1504820

 

2

Chemical Engineering Faculty

104

2195104

 

3

Mines & Geology Faculty

14

2449185

 

4

Social Science Faculty

7

247632

 

5

Law Faculty

8

296140

 

Total No of Items

137

 

 

Sub Total in Afg

6692881

 

 

 

 

 

HEDP allocated Buget =

100000 $

 

 

 

 

 

1 $ = 67 Afg / > 100000 $ * 67 Afg = 6700000

 

 

 

1 افغانی

دالر

مجموعه به افغانی

 

 

67

100000

6700000

 

 

 

 

Procuring Lab Equipment are under process of HEDP and MoHE and not delivered yet to Jawzjan University.

 

1.4.7: Library Support including Translation and facilities:

Based on plan, HEDP is aimed to procure books for Jawzjan University.

The necessary data, information and list of books which are needed by Jawzjan University collected, listed and shared with related department of HEDP.

 

 
 

 

 

Procuring of Books is under process and not procured for Jawzjan University yet.

 

1.4.7: Supplying and equipment for Existing Lecture Blocks

 

Based on HEDP plan and request of Jawzjan University, some furniture procured by HEDP and MoHE and distributed to Jawzjan University.

 

No

Item

Quantity

1

Students Chair

1800

2

Desk

40

3

File Cabinet

60

4

Lecturer Chair

24

 

 

 

1.4.8: Counselling Center:

 

  1. University life in actual meaning is not only to study some chapters, but the objective of a university and higher education institute is to provide students opportunities to reach their full potentials in the area of educational, career, social and emotional development. Facing life’s new and different chapter is a challenge for every new comer of university in various areas such as: social, educational, religious and etc. Indeed no one is able to come up with all problems by him/herself; obviously, support and advice of family, friends, and mates are important. But, to identify the problem and find an accurate solution for it in a short period of time while accepting lesser risk, students need to benefit from professional advices.
  2. Thus, Counseling/ advising Unit with professional counselors and advisors is a good base for students for achieving self- actualization.
  3. As the Higher Education Development Project with coordination of Ministry of Higher Education tries to achieve the objectives of the National Higher Education Strategic Plan II (NHESPII), HEDP (Higher Eduation Development Program) wants to put a step ahead and support MoHE in establishing a counselling/ advising center as a pilot project.
  4. There is Psychology Department in Faculty of Social Science in Jawzjan University.

Based on Request of Jawzjan University and support of HEDP & MoHE, a Counselling Center is going to be established in Jawzjan University.

In 2019 the center would be established. The documents are under process.

By establishing of center, many psychological issues which students are facing, would solved.

Center establishment would be a great measure and achievement for HEDP, MoHE and Jawzjan University.

A survey has been conducted and the necessary Information and data has been collected.

 

Sustainability

Once the center is established completely and given to university, according to Higher Education Development Project (HEDP) policy, the maintenance of the counselling center would be the responsibility of university itself.

 

1.4.9: Leadership and Management Courses for Senior Managerial and Administrative Staff

Outputs:

  1. 25 to 29th of Nov 2017, 6 lecturers of Jawzjan University participated at AULiA Program at Kabul.
  2. Tow Lecturers form Jawzjan University selected for Advanced AULiA program.

 

Activities in Progress:

Participants of AULiA program practicing their learning at Jawzjan University.

Miss Engeela Dadar lecturer of Jawzjan University and participant of AULiA  program which held in Kabul / Afghanistan, participated at Advanced AULiA program which hold in Indai.