On February 11, 2017, Mr. Twana Tahir - Director of OQAA- Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation presented a workshop for faculty members who have recently joined KUST for Spring 2017. This session was held at KUST Campus as an initial process to provide easy access to basic information, programs, and services for the new employees. It is also considered as an official introduction to familiarize new employees with KUST System so as to have an effective role in the teaching process. In the workshop, he mainly focused on the following points:
• Implementing MHE policy and regulation for Quality Assurance.
• Implementing KUST policy and regulation for Quality Assurance.
In addition, the procedures for formulating standard course syllabi were explained in detail to the faculty members by providing a session for practical part.
On February 7th 2017, Mr. Twana Tahir (Director of QA) shared some instructions about the new update in the criteria of NUR 2017 with the president of Komar University and The chairmen. The e-master sheet for NUR 2017 has been introduced to all. Finally, the tasks for each department and supporting units have been explained and promised to fulfill the requirements and submit them to QA on time.
On November 28th and December 7th 2016, Mr. Twana Tahir (Director of QA) and Mr. Ranjdar Saeed (QA Coordinator ) participated in two meetings of National University Ranking Committee. During the meeting, new mechanism for conducting the third national ranking process was discussed. At the end, each university nominated a person as a representative of the university in the new NUR committee for the academic year (2016-2017).
Quality Assurance Director (Mr. Twana A. Tahir) had an overview about the Internship program in “BiNA Plus” magazine which is issued by LafargeHolcim Corporation. He emphasized the importance of having such a program for the university student in one side and the private sectors in the other side. Mr. Tahir also mentioned that the practical part inside internship program will enrich the student’s skill and prepare them for a future challenges in their career. At the end, he appreciated the opportunity which was given by LafargeHolcim Company to Komar University’s students and wished to have a continuous collaboration between both sides in the future”
On October 26th, 2016 Quality Assurance Office and Exam Committee at KUST held a workshop on (How to Design Standard Exam Questions?). The presenters were Mr. Twana A. Tahir /Director of the Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Dr. Muaed Jajo/ Chairman of the Department of English, and Mr. Sardasht Sardar Assistant Coordinator of Exam Committee. The outcomes of the presentation were as following:
1. How to design the exam questions in a way which examine the student’s level of understanding in the subject.
2. The level of difficulty of the questions should go from less to the most difficult one.
3. It is also important to have a specific type of question that only smart students can solve it in order to be fair and separate the Golden one from the others.
4. It is very essential that the duration of the exam will fit the number of the questions and the level of difficulty of the questions. (We should not design our questions in a way that majority of the students can easily finish it within the first 20 minutes OR oppositely, they will struggle with the questions and they cannot complete it within the allocated time)
Based on the QA academic calendar, Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (OQAA) started conducting a student survey from (Monday, Oct 17th 2016). The survey covered all the courses. During this survey the students shared their feedback about Teaching Content (TC), Teaching Methods (TM), and Teaching Effect (TE) for the instructor of the course. The purposes behind the survey were to assure the quality of teaching that copes with the University standards. It also fulfilling a part of the QA regulations from Ministry of higher education and scientific research (MHE).
On September 29th, 2016, Twana A. Tahir / Director of OQAA-Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation presented a short presentation entitled “An Overview about Physiotherapy Department at KUST “ to a team from MHE / Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific research. The purpose of the seminar was about establishing a new department (physiotherapy) at KUST- Komar University of Science and Technology for semester Fall 2016. In his seminar, the presenter mainly focused on the mission of the department and its gist in enhancing health care services in Kurdistan Region of Iraq was explained in detail. Moreover, he demonstrates the preparation and the study plan which are made by KUST to the same determination.
On September 28th, 2016, OQAA- the office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Komar University arranged a workshop on “MHE Policies and Regulations on Quality Assurance (CAD and Teacher Portfolio)” for the university chairmen and Full-time faculty members. At the beginning of the workshop Twana A. Tahir / QA director focused on some important requirements form MHE- Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Then Ranjdar Saeed / Junior Coordinator of OQAA mainly revolved around the process of Continuous Academic Development (CAD) and Teacher Portfolio.
Besides discussing MHE policies and regulations on quality assurance, the workshop mainly covered the following topics.
At the end of the workshop, the chairmen and faculty members shared their opinion with the office of quality assurance and accreditation (OQAA) at KUST- Komar University of Science and Technology. This workshop was another of series workshops that will be conducted according to the Quality Assurance Calendar for semester Fall 2016.
On Monday, September 05, 2016, Twana A. Tahir / Director of the office of quality assurance and accreditation (OQAA) presented a workshop entitled “How to Design a Standard Course Syllabus “to the university Lecturers at KUST- Komar University of Science and Technology for semester Fall 2016. In the workshop, he mainly focused on the following points:
Besides that, the processes for preparing a Standard Course Syllabus” were explained in detail to the faculty members by providing a session for practical part. The workshop mainly covered the following topics.
This workshop was a part of series workshops that will be conducted according to the Quality Assurance Calendar for semester Fall 2016.