On Tuesday, the 5th of September, 2023, in the presence of Prof. Dr. Edrees Mhamad Tahir Harki, Asst. Prof. Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Kalari, the President of the Supervision and Quality Assurance Agency, and the consultants of the Minister of Higher Education Asst. Prof. Dr. Sabah Weiss and Asst. Prof. Dr. Amir Chali, the Quality Assurance Accreditation Training Course was held by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research at the Presidency of Erbil Polytechnic University.
At the beginning of the course, Prof. Dr. Edrees Muhamad Tahir Harki delivered a speech.
“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Dear Consultants and Directors of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, University Council, Dear Teachers and Students, Welcome.
Erbil Polytechnic University is pleased to host a program on the quality assurance in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and NVAO of the Netherlands.
Ladies and gentlemen, the issue of quality assurance is a very important phrase and is often repeated. Let’s see what is the importance of the quality assurance and why it is so important In fact, the quality assurance is a fundamental pillar of a successful management model in any field, whether in education and academia or in business, health or any other field. Therefore, the quality assurance programs are given special importance in all countries of the world. In the field of higher education, quality assurance has its own standards. These standards vary from a country to another and from institution to institution. But what is important is the programs that are quality assured, and we can benefit from the experience of Western countries, I express my gratitude towards the Ministry of Higher Education for setting up the program with the assistance of the Dutch agency, which I consider a worthy and necessary work for the universities of the Kurdistan Region.”
“The quality assurance program is currently being paid attention to by Kurdistan universities in general and the Ministry of Higher Education in particular. More importantly, we need quality assurance awareness. Indeed, many students, teachers and employees have not understood the importance of quality assurance, so we think that after this course you will become quality assurance teachers in educational centers, universities and higher education institutions, because we need quality assurance awareness This course should be a good basis for further promoting quality assurance and we can pay more attention to this field, because we know that the more attention we pay to quality assurance, the more we can improve the level of education The quality of higher education in the Kurdistan Region is at a high level. I wish you success in this course and its repetition. I welcome you again and welcome the staff who came from the Netherlands.”
On the first day of the course, the topics related to quality assurance and standards were explained to the participants in a teamwork manner. Similarly, on the second day, the agenda was completed and the course ended.
The course lasted for two days and was opened for seven Kurdistan universities: Erbil Polytechnic University, Salahaddin University, Erbil Medical University, Duhok University, Duhok Polytechnic University, Zakho University, and Soran University. The course was dedicated for university quality assurance staff and some students that was conducted by the Dutch organization NVAO and delivered by two experts and professors of Dutch universities named (Michele Wrea) and (Yvonne Overdevest).