Quality Assurance in Lebanon

Lebanon does not have a national quality assurance process; thus, it is up to universities to establish their own internal QA processes[1] as per law 285/2014. This internal QA will allow universities to have themselves ready to be quality assured by external evaluators, or eventually by the national quality assurance agency, when this will eventually be established.    

The need to align standards with those used abroad has led to the development of QA processes that adopt established standards. As an example, USEK reports that for programmes that do not have specific accreditation, they will apply the USEK quality policy which was developed through a European project AQIPRO[2] which is creating a quality standard for all programmes. The AQIPRO is closely based on the European Quality framework. During the quality assurance of the programmes, they have a series of surveys, peer review, and a full quality procedure which takes into account the input of all stakeholders. Everything is monitored according to a specific schedule and each semester they review all the inputs and carry out any necessary changes as required. USEK further reported that they also have a special advisory board which monitors the learning outcomes, and other parameters.  Each semester it will then review all inputs, carry our modifications, and also create metrics to measure such modifications. The information is internal and available for accreditation bodies, but not publicly available.[3]

[1] Balamand University inform that there QA committee seeks to align its academic standards with the requirements of professional bodies (e.g., association of engineering).

[2] Project with ENAEE: https://www.enaee.eu/

[3] Holy Spirit University – Interviews notes

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