is President of INQAAHE, a global network of tertiary education providers, which brings together more than 300 members worldwide. She is the founding member and Past President of the Accreditation Commission of the National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance in Armenia. Currently, she is employed by the Abu Dhabi Government as Higher Education and Research &Development Policy Director at the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge in the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Karakhanyan holds M.S.Ed in Educational Administration/Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, the USA and PhD in Social Sciences from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
is Director of the Higher Education Reviews Directorate at the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Previously, she was the Acting Director of the National Framework Operations Directorate and a Consultant/Expert in Academic Affairs for the BQA since 2015. She participated in numerous reviews of higher education institutions and academic programs nationally and in the region.
Dr. Al Khalifa holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds and a master’s level qualification in academic practice from York St John University. She is Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a Reviewer Board Member and a Fellow Member of the Center of Business and Economic Research, UK.
is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the chairperson of the Arab Computer Society and program evaluator (PEV) for CSAB/ABET. He is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), ACM SIGAPP, Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, the International Society for Computers and Their Applications, and Syndicate of Computer Sciences in Lebanon
Dr. Haraty holds Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Dakota State University – Fargo, North Dakota and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Minnesota State University – Mankato, Minnesota.
is Business Development Manager for ACADEM by Rimaone, supporting higher education institutions worldwide with managing data for accreditation processes and closely works with AACSB and EFMD. Prior to joining RimaOne, Axel was Director of Quality Management at EBS Universität in Germany, being responsible for all accreditation and ranking processes as well as overall Quality Assurance. He was also part of the strategic planning committee at the university. Axel also has substantial teaching and training experience in introductory Computer Science courses for students and employees alike.
Mr. Borschbach holds a Bachelor and a Master degree from the University of Brighton.
is currently the Dean and Associate Professor, College of Nursing at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. Dr. Al-Rawajfah is an experienced nurse academician, scholar, and leader. He was awarded as Nursing Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing, USA on 2019 and he was recognized as Program Coordinator by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). He is frequently being recruited as a program evaluator and external examiner by several national and international nursing programs and he contributed to the profession of nursing by leading the establishment of different graduate nursing programs in Oman.
Dr. Al-Rawajfah received his PhD in Nursing from USA and his MSc and BSc. in Nursing from Jordan.
is the Director of Quality Assurance and Academic Accreditation at the College of Nursing of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). He is the Head of Adult and Critical Care Department and an assistant professor at West Coast University, USA. Dr. Alomari is a certified program evaluator with the American Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). He has led accreditation initiatives in the US and Oman. Under his leadership, the BSN program was accredited in 2015 and has contributed to the accreditation of SQU.
Dr. Alomari received his BSc in Nursing from Jordan; MSc and Ph.D. from the US.
is the Director of Academic Development, Commercial and Community Initiatives, as well as the Acting Director of Student Services at Bahrain Polytechnic. She taught health care professionals at the College of Health Sciences for seven years. Ms. Ema has extensive background in academic quality assurance, student centered approaches, and employability skills.
Ms. Janahi holds a Master in Nursing/ Advance Adult Care with a minor in Education from American University of Beirut. Currently, she is enrolled in a doctorate in education programme higher education stream at Sheffield University. Her research interest is in Problem Based Learning (PBL), employability, knowledge based economy and self-efficacy
is the Managing Director and founder of INSTALLUX GULF, Director of POLYCON BAHRAIN and board member for the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also active in the community and business organizations. He was a founding member of the French Bahrain Business Club, served as a board member at AlRajah (American Mission) School since 2010 and he served on the Board of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Bahrain chapter since 2007, and currently serving as the President of the Bahrain chapter.
Mr. AlSaie holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.
is the Director of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Centre at University of Bahrain. From 2014 till 2018, she held the chairperson position in the Department of Computer Engineering, College of IT. In 2014 she was awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) and the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy UK, which bolstered her interests in teaching and learning in higher education, teacher education and participatory pedagogy.
Dr. Balbis received her MSc Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Genoa, Italy in 2002. She completed her PhD in Control Engineering at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, in 2007.
This is an exciting year for the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Center (QAAC) at University of Bahrain, as it marks its 10th Anniversary.
Ten years is indeed an important milestone worth celebrating. It presents an opportune moment to look back at the past achievements, reflect on the current situation and plan for the future.
The QAAC started in the academic year 2009-10 as an essential part of University of Bahrain’s commitment to promoting quality of education.
Over the past 10 years QAAC established a comprehensive quality assurance system which includes academic legislation, procedures and review mechanisms to support institutional accreditation and auditing, national and international accreditation and revision of programs, and other activities related to the development of programs and curricula.
Among our achievements we count: 18 programs gaining international accreditation; 29 programs placed on the National Qualification Framework; 31 programs reviewed by the Education and Training Quality Authority that received Full Confidence; 2 successful Institutional reviews.
Now as we look forward to the next ten years, we will strive to reinforce the culture of excellence and continuous quality improvement, through training of faculty and staff, while maintaining quality standards, processes and measures for achieving national and international accreditation and ranking.
The QAAC will continue to be a key contributor in offering the best academic services and programs to our students for many years to come.
We hope that today will be an occasion to celebrate our past accomplishments, renew friendships and extend our networks, and jointly explore current and future opportunity to collaborate for promoting quality assurance.
|08:00 – 09:00||Registration|
|09:00 – 09:30||Welcome to the Forum
H. E. Riyad Y. Hamzah, President of University of BahrainSpeakers and Panelists Awards
|09:30 – 10:00||Plenary Session 1: Past, Present and Future of External Accreditation
Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan, President, INQAAHE
|10:00 – 10:30||Plenary Session 2: Learning Outcomes-based Assessment as a Tool to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Dr Lobna Al Khalifa, Director of the Higher Education Reviews Directorate (BQA)
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee Break and Networking|
|11:00 – 11:30||Plenary Session 3: Addressing the Challenges of Assessing Students Learning Outcomes
Dr. Ramzi A. Haraty, Chairperson, Arab Computer Society
Program Evaluator (PEV), CSAB/ABET
|11:30 – 12:00||Plenary Session 4: The Importance of Data Management in Higher Education
Axel Borschbach, Business Development Manager, RimaOne
|12:00 – 12:15||Short Coffee Break|
|12:15 – 12:45||Plenary Session 5: Accreditation as an Opportunity for Improving Learning Assessment
Dr. Omar Al-Rawajfah, Dean and Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University
Dr. Khaled Alomari, Director of Quality Assurance and Academic Accreditation, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University
|12:45 – 13:30||Panel Discussion: The Value of Stakeholders’ Engagement in Developing a Learning Outcomes Assessment Framework
Dr. Luisella Balbis, Director of QAAC, University of BahrainPanelist:
Dr. Susanna Karakhanyan, President, INQAAHE
Ema Janahi, Director of Academic Development, Commercial and Community Initiatives, Bahrain Polytechnic
Basim Alsaie, Business Owner, Board member of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry.