Activities


KUST Conducted New Era of Instructional Models: Blended Teaching and Learning Workshop

posted Oct 23, 2017, 5:18 AM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 5:19 AM ]


On October 19th, 2017, Dr. Kamal Tawfiq, Professor and Chair in Florida A&M University-Florida State University arranged a workshop on “New Era of Instructional Models: Blended Teaching and Learning.” At the beginning of the workshop, Dr. Tawfiq focused on the importance of adapting our teaching methods inside and outside the classrooms to catch up with the advancements in hardware and software technologies.  Nowadays students are using smart devices to communicate, share knowledge with others, watch lectures posted in the cyberspace, and even to replace the traditional hard copy text book by a digital copy.  Blended teaching and learning by combining the traditional in-class teaching with archived lectures, problem solving, and laboratory procedures can be used to enhance student learning and student outcomes. To demonstrate different techniques of hybrid teach, Dr. Hamid Zadeh, a Petroleum Engineering faculty member at Komar University showed how he converted some of his lectures from Instructor-Led Teaching to blended lectures where he can post them on the internet to deliver more knowledge and skills to the students while they are off campus.

The purposes of the workshop were:

1.       To explain the importance of “Flexible Learning” ("flexible" anyone can enroll in undergraduate and post-graduate programs at anytime from anywhere)

2.       To relief crowded laboratories, and to minimize the need to split lab sessions (Developing more virtual laboratory methods i.e. Virtual Reality – Augmented Reality)

3.       To provide ways and means to develop more flexible FTE to engineering faculty (In the era of more research and publishing and university ranking)

4.       To overcome the frequent budget shortage to hire more faculty and acquire expensive laboratories

5.       To enhance students learning outcomes and to enhance their learning as a matter of urgency to be able to address persistent global challenges and competitiveness.

This workshop was a part of series workshops that will be conducted according to the Quality Assurance Calendar during fall 2017.



Continues Academic Development (CAD) and Faculty Portfolio (FP)

posted Oct 18, 2017, 12:18 AM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 12:21 AM ]


On October 12th, 2017, Mr. Twana A. Tahir  (director of OQAA- the office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Komar University arranged a workshop entitled “ Continues Academic Development (CAD) and Faculty Portfolio (FP). ” for the university chairmen and Fulltime faculty members. At the beginning of the workshop, He essentially focused on some important requirements form MHE- Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Additionally, the process of Continuous Academic Development (CAD) and Faculty Portfolio (FP) was described in detail. 
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 a part of series workshops that will be conducted according to the Quality Assurance Calendar during Fall 2017.




Second workshop on “How to prepare the Self-Study Report”

posted Oct 9, 2017, 12:36 AM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 12:38 AM ]


As part of a series of workshops on how to prepare the Self-Study Report for ABET accreditation, Dr. Kamal Tawfiq conducted his second workshop on October 5, 2017. This workshop addressed the importance of following the most recent edition of the ABET template for the SSR. Dr. Tawfiq emphasized on the essential points to be addressed in the 1st chapter of the report and how to fill up the required templates with accurate and reliable data. He also focused on the importance of demonstrating the data in the well-organized tables and flowcharts, if possible.  It is expected that Dr. Tawfiq will hold another workshop on the same subject to explain in detail some of the methods to periodically assess and evaluate programs and the need to close the loop with an improvement plan every evaluation cycle.  


Upcoming Workshops

posted Oct 8, 2017, 11:52 PM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Oct 8, 2017, 11:53 PM ]


Preparing for Program Accreditation (Self Study Report / Self-Assessment Report) SSR/SAR By Kamal Tawfiq, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

posted Oct 1, 2017, 10:09 AM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 10:29 AM ]

On Wednesday (September 27th 2017), Quality Assurance Office held a workshop for the chairmen and directors at Komar University. The speaker was Dr.  Kamal Tawfiq (Professor of Civil Engineering at Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering). The workshop was about the “Preparation of Self-Study Report/Self-Assessment Report”. Dr. Tawfiq started with the introduction of the importance of program accreditation and then followed by describing how the international accreditation agencies and boards are connected through different accords.  In particular, Dr. Tawfiq focused on the German Accreditation Council (GAC) and the authorized German and European agencies to accredit engineering programs by European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE) and the EUR-ACE.  Then Dr. Tawfiq explained the engineering accreditation system in the USA conducted by ABET, Inc. The workshop was a part of series workshops which will be held within three months period.

Note: Material of this workshop are available at KUST and can be distribute per request. Below is a selected attachments from the workshop.  

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Orientation for semester-Fall 2017

posted Sep 19, 2017, 3:29 AM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 11:08 PM ]

On September 9th, 2017, Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation held a workshop on how to design a standard syllabus for faculty members who have recently joined KUST for Fall 2017. Mr. Twana A. Tahir - Director of OQAA- Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation explained the mechanisms for designing a course syllabus with respect to the international standards. The workshop 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.



Orientation for Spring Semester 2017

posted Feb 13, 2017, 10:24 PM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 10:27 PM ]


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.





Komar University/ NUR 2017 Master Sheet

posted Feb 12, 2017, 5:41 AM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 2:55 AM ]


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 depa
rtment and supporting units have been explained and promised to fulfill the requirements and submit them to QA on time.


The New NUR Committee Members for the Academic Year (2016-2017)

posted Dec 10, 2016, 9:31 AM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Dec 10, 2016, 10:02 PM ]


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).

QA Overview on Student Internship Program

posted Nov 1, 2016, 11:42 PM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 11:44 PM ]

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”


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