NATIONAL QUALIFICATION FRAMEWORK – NQF PROJECTS

The UOB possesses the capabilities and resourc­es needed for delivering a quality higher education experience. UOB has a well established structure that enables it to ensure quality within all of its units. UOB promoted excellence in its programs through a strategic plan that included initiatives to raise the level of quality in the academic and administrative units. To evaluate its accomplishments against its goals, a continuing process of systematic assessment is given high priority by the university. Informa­tion gained from such assessment and evaluation cycles are utilized to ensure the highest possible quality for all university programs.

The University of Bahrain underwent an institutional self-evaluation process is to present a thor­ough institution-wide assessment against eight standards, to determine University of Bahrain ef­fectiveness using the indicators set by the Quality Assurance Authority (QQA), in order to be listed as an approved providers to provide programs to be listed on the National Qualification Framework.

Several stages were included to produce the report:

  1. Setting- up the NQF Team at UOB for Institutional Listing and Mapping.
  2. Undergo the Gaps analysis
  3. Communication lines with the Mapping team
  4. Nomination of Groups for every standards and sub-standards (if needed)
  5. Review the priorities in your Institutional Strategy/Development Plan
  6. Formulate/revise the priorities in QA and include them in the Plan
  7. Articulating policies and procedures
  8. Production of the SER and related documentation
  9. Collecting feedback on the SER
  10. Approval of the SER by the University Council

This report describes the policies, procedures, resources and processes available at UOB. Evidences are included, as much as possible, to support necessary facts and figures. Evidences are available on soft-based copies. The report was organized in accordance to the standard IL format provided by the NQF unit at the National Authority for Qualifications & Quality Assurance of Education & Training.

Action Plan for Institutional Listing– 25th March 2013

ItemActionDateDone?ResponsibilityNotes
1Forming the NQF Steering CommitteeWednesday, 6/3/2013 Done
11/3/2013
Dr. Khalid Bugahoos
Dr. Bassam AlHamad (Follow-up)
Meet to review the standards, and form the steering the committee based on the standards
2Training and AwarenessSunday , 5/3/2013,
20/3/2013
Quality Director Meeting managed by VP Academic Affairs, with Qaulity Director, Dr. Hesham Al-Ammal, Prof. Taj, Dr. K. Almutawa, Dr. Osama Al-Jowder,
Develop an intranet to manage the submission of the documents related to IL
Form a sub-committee14/3/2013 – 21/3/2013Done
21/3/2013
Prof. Taj and
Dr. Bassam AlHamad
Work on parsing the standards into policies and procedures required and to be available at the university
3Meeting of Steering committee to identify the gaps28/3/2013V.P. Academic AffairsContinue on finding the gaps
Review policies and procedures submitted
Form sub-committees
4Pass Policies and Procedures on readiness to the university council 1/4/2013 – 1/5/2013V.P. Academic Affairs
5Develop the missing policies and procedures (document the good practices into clear policies and procedures)1/4/2013 – 1/5/2013V.P. Academic Affairs
Filling the Gap (Sub-committees)
QAAC Director (Follow-up)
6Approval at University Council1/5/2013 – 1/6/2013DAC/QAC in each department in the college and Postgraduate Program coordinator To support the faculty members in preparing the mapping, one hour a day will be specified to meet with any faculty member in each department to discuss the mapping (time will be announced)
7Last day for receiving the policies and procedures 15/6/2013Each Course Coordinator/InstructorSufficient time should be allowed for the university council to review and approve, and in case of no-approval, there should be enough time for amendments and resubmission

The University of Bahrain submitted the following programs as part of the pilot stage of mapping to the National Qualification Framework  Project. The QAAC had organized the participation of 18 programs in the pilot stage of the NQF project. An NQF Steering Committee had been formed to be following up with the programs, however all results are to be reviewed by the QAAC. The following was an action plan proposed to follow up with the programs.

Programs your institution plans to submit for Validation within two years

Program TitleLeads to QualificationLevelCreditExpected date of submission
(MMM - YY)
Master of Business AdministrationMaster’s Degree93631st Oct -2013
BSc in Business Management Bachelor’s Degree812631st Oct -2013
Diploma in office management Diploma’s Degree76631st Oct -2013
PhD Electrical Engineering PhD107531st Oct -2013
MSc in Engineering ManagementMaster’s Degree93631st Oct -2013
BSc Chemical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree813731st Oct -2013
MSc Information Technology Master’s Degree93031st Oct -2013
BSc Computer Engineering Bachelor’s Degree813531st Oct -2013
BSc Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree813331st Oct -2013
BSc Information System Bachelor’s Degree813531st Oct -2013
BSc Biology Bachelor’s Degree812731st Oct -2013
MSc Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentMaster’s Degree 93331st Oct -2013
BSc Nursing Bachelor’s Degree731st Oct -2013
Bridging Course RNBSN Bachelor’s Degree731st Oct -2013
Bachelor of EducationBachelor’s Degree812831st Oct -2013
Masters in English Literature Master’s Degree912631st Oct -2013