Self-assessment is vital for quality assurance in education

Staff Correspondent        
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Quality assurance and continues improvement of academic programs are very critical to meet the changing needs of the stakeholders. Self-assessment is the first step towards quality assurance in education. Self-assessment provides the direction towards further improvement and effectiveness of academic programs.  University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh and Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) have established Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and now it is working in the 64 Private-Public Universities.

Figure: External Peer Review (EPR) team with Teachers of Textile Engineering Department of DIU.
Figure: External Peer Review (EPR) team with Teachers of Textile Engineering Department of DIU.

Recently the Department of Textile Engineering of Daffodil International University has completed a self-assessment excersie. The educational processes and various aspects of teaching-learning environment are critically examined under this excersie. UGC and the Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (QAU) of Daffodil International University appointed a team for the purpose of external peer review of the self-assessment exercise.

According to the terms of reference, the external peer review (EPR) team was required to study the SAR to visit the university and observe the various aspects of quality assurance system at the Dept. of textile engineering. The members of EPR team were Professor Ir. Dr. R. Badlishah Ahmed, International QA Expert & Chair, EPR Team, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia; Prof. Dr. Shah Alimuzzaman Belal, Dean ,Faculty of textile Engineering, Butex; Prof. Dr. S.M Kabir, Professor marketing Department, Rajshahi university.

The EPR team believes that through strong and effective co-ordination and commitment, the Dept. of textile engineering in near future will become a center of excellence in the region.

Finally, the EPR team gave different QA reports. The review team gave overall judgment as ‘very good’ for the Department of Textile Engineering of Daffodil International University.

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