Monitoring Quality in Arab Higher Education
The National Commission for Accreditation and Quality of Higher Educational Institutions is responsible for granting permission for the opening of any educational institution, including vocational or technical institutions in both the West Bank and Gaza.
The commission reviews such matters as infrastructure (including water and electricity), potential learning environment, available financial capital, the academic disciplines that the institution will offer, the qualifications of professors, and administrators’ degrees and skills (for details of the regulations, click here).
The commission also makes annual visits to universities to check the environment, facilities and teachers’ academic achievements and styles.
The government decides which educational institutions can operate. But once an educational institution has opened, the role of the government decreases and universities have their own Internal Quality Assurance Units that monitor the students, degree programs, quality of the facilities, and teachers’ degrees and skills.
Fifty-two public, private, governmental, and vocational institutions operate in Palestine.
The West Bank has 33 educational institutions, eight public universities and one private university in addition to 24 colleges.
Gaza has six universities (four public universities, two private ones) and 13 colleges.