Activities


Komar University launched E-System for Quality Assurance

posted Jun 29, 2018, 11:10 AM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Jul 2, 2018, 2:01 AM ]

Quality Assurance Office at Komar University continually is working on enhancing the quality of teaching to achieve Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for better learning outcomes that comply with national and international QA requirements. For that purpose, computerizing all its activities was one of the main targets for the year 2017-2018, such as an online student feedback for Academy and University services, supervising Google Classroom as an effective interaction tool between instructor and students and an online system for CAD and FP. Instructors from Komar University can apply all their activities and documents via an online link. The system was prepared by Mr. Bamo Nadr (Faculty member from Computer Engineering department/Komar University).

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NUR-National University Ranking Criteria - 2018

posted Apr 29, 2018, 11:11 PM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 11:39 PM ]


On April 29th, 2018, Mr. Twana A. Tahir  (Director of OQAA- the Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation) at Komar University arranged a seminar entitled “ NUR-National University Ranking Criteria - 2018” for almost all the sections inside the University. At the beginning of his seminar, he essentially focused the previous Criteria of National University Ranking. Additionally, some important changes concerning the new criteria of 2018 were explained in detail. 

This seminar was a part of series seminars that will be conducted according to the Quality Assurance Calendar throughout spring 2018.

POPBL workshop conducted by Mr. Twana A. Tahir

posted Apr 29, 2018, 12:11 PM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 11:12 PM ]



Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation at Komar University arranged a workshop for Mr. Twana A. Tahir, director of Quality Assurance Office, on "Applying POPBL as an effective Assessment Tool" on Wednesday, April 19th, 2018.

University graduates are facing a lot of challenges while they attempt for the employment after graduation. Perhaps, lack of Technical and Soft Skills is one of the main reasons behind such issue. International trend in education is to prepare the students with such skills in order to equip them for future challenges. Therefore, POPBL as an effective tool is applied and it is a Systematic Teaching Method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed tasks over a period of time, resulting in a product which is a presentation. Typically, it has timeline and milestone, and other aspects of formative evaluation as the project proceeds.

The workshop had two sessions, a) introducing and discussing Problem-Oriented Project Based Learning (POPBL) and b) practicing in preparation research disciplines.  The main objectives of the workshop were:

Clarification of problems related to traditional teaching system at universities,
Challenges of fresh graduates,
Lack of ability to asses ethics and communication criteria needed in accreditations,
Introducing Problem-Oriented Project Based Learning (POPBL) and its effectiveness versus traditional teaching methods, and,
Other advantages of POPBL such as the easier satisfaction of the criteria required by accreditation agencies, or giving more confidence in proposing/fulfilling projects to the graduates, etc. 
During second sessions, the audiences grouped up four interdisciplinary teams in order to practice the POPBL method, and eventually, the required improvement of each team was discussed. The workshop ended with question/answer session.

This workshop was a part of series activities that will be conducted according to the Quality Assurance Calendar during Spring 2018. 




Student Survey - Fall 2017

posted Nov 27, 2017, 3:07 AM by Ranjdar Saeed   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 3:08 AM ]


Based on the QA academic calendar, Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (OQAA) started conducting a student survey from (Thursday, Nov 16th, 2017). 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 of the survey were to assure the quality of teaching, that deals effectively with the University standards. It also fulfills a part of the QA regulations from Ministry of higher education and scientific research (MHE).

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.



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