Monitoring Quality in Arab Higher Education
The Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions grants licenses to public and private universities.
To get a license, a university has to meet requirements related to financial guarantees, organizational structure, academic programs, faculty and staff, the university’s board members, facilities and equipment, number of students, and scientific research. (For further details of regulations governing public universities, click here. For private university regulations, click here.)
The commission says it also seeks to advance quality and equity in assessment by seeking to conduct valid, reliable, and unbiased national tests. The commission promotes interaction with international accreditation and quality-control commissions and the creation of educational standards that will make comparison with other countries easy.
No clear mechanism has been established to prevent conflicts of interest and corruption in regulating education, an Al-Fanar Media examination of laws and regulations and consultations with experts found.
Jordan has 10 public universities and 19 private ones, according to ministry statistics published in 2016.