Under the Patronage of
H.E. Prof. Riyad Yousif Hamzah
President of the University of Bahrain

Forum Highlights

  • Experience enlighten talks led by professionals and leading practitioners
  • Network with professionals in quality assurance and accreditation
  • Attain new knowledge and learn about best practices

Forum goals

  • Understand the general requirements for effective assessment of learning outcomes
  • Identify the major challenges related to the assessment of learning outcomes
  • Identify mechanisms to support, monitor, and maintain a comprehensive and effective approach to assessing learning outcomes

The challenge ahead


One of the most useful indicators to evaluate the quality and value of education is learning outcome assessment data, which have been widely used to evaluate learning and inform policy and progress. In the past few years, higher education institutions have made significant progress in evaluating student learning outcomes; nevertheless there are a number of significant challenges that need to be overcome in order to fully reap the benefits of these efforts. The big questions is:

Why it is difficult to design, develop, implement, and sustain a comprehensive approach to assessing student learning outcomes?

To answer this question and to provide specific suggestions we organized this Quality Forum, where higher education institutions, national quality assurance and accrediting agencies, and stakeholders share their insight and best practices to facilitate the development, implementation, and continued support of student learning outcomes achievement and beyond.

We hope that you will have a productive and pleasant time at this very special event.





years of


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.
13:30-13:45 Forum closing
13:45 Lunch

Contact Info

Sofitel, Zallaq, Kingdom of Bahrain

+973 17438803