HALBAN The Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) conducted the visit for the Institutional Standard Assessment of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) last week. An international panel of higher education experts visited the university and conducted interviews with GUtech staff members. “Valuable contributions were given by representatives of the Board of Governors, Board of Directors, staff and students of GUtech as well as a number of external stakeholders including employers of our graduates, internship hosts, scholarship providers and most important are our GUtech alumni,” said Dr. Alma Enriquez, Head of Quality Assurance and Planning Department of GUtech. The OAAA panel members were highly experienced experts from Australia, Austria, Portugal and Oman. The Standards Assessment determines GUtech’s ability to meet OAAA internationally benchmarked external standards and criteria. GUtech already went through the OAAA’s Quality Audit in 2013. The report of the audit is published online on OAAA’s website.
“The OAAA Quality Audit report already confirmed the high quality of GUtech, its programmes and its facilities. Now we are going through Institutional Standards Assessment, which looks into the details of nine different standards,” said Dr. Armin Eberlein, Deputy-Rector for Academic Affairs. He added that GUtech found the preparation for this event useful in strengthening quality processes. Within a few months, the OAAA will provide GUtech with a detailed report of its findings.
The Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) initiated a review and revision of the institutional standards which govern the accreditation of higher education institutions in Oman in 2011. Once a university has been accredited, the university is required to go through Standards Assessment every five years in order to maintain their accreditation status. The Standards Assessment is an extensive audit covering every aspect of the operations of an institution.