Internal quality assurance in higher education (in English)

9 October 2019 to 3 December 2019
Training location: 
Online training (or Web based)



With the rapid expansion and diversification of the higher education sector, the quality of higher education has come under greater scrutiny. The development of internal quality assurance (IQA) systems by higher education institutions (HEIs), as a means of monitoring and managing quality, constitutes one of the most important reform initiatives to address this issue.

When developing IQA, HEIs confront a number of challenges, such as choosing an appropriate focus, integrating IQA tools into a cost effective and coherent system, considering graduate employability, and finding an appropriate balance between centralized and decentralized structures.

To bridge the knowledge gap on conditioning factors for IQA, IIEP conducted an international survey to understand the purpose, orientation, structures, tools and processes, drivers, and obstacles of IQA in HEIs worldwide. In addition, IIEP undertook eight university case studies to document good principles and innovative IQA practices, analyse their effects, and identify factors (both internal and external) that contribute to an effective IQA system.


The main objective of the course is to help leaders and officials in higher education institutions design new or improve existing, internal quality assurance (IQA). Benefitting from IIEP’s research on IQA, this online course will allow HEIs to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies for creating an enabling environment for IQA.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Choose the focus and orientation of their IQA system;
  • Identify and distinguish tools and procedures for an integrated IQA system to enhance teaching and learning;
  • Analyse the link between IQA and employability, and identify tools and processes to strengthen this link, and;
  • Design (or revise) an effective and well-supported structure for IQA, taking into account available international good practices.

The course features individual study of reading materials and interactive presentations supplemented with questions and quizzes, group meetings in institutional teams, and practical exercises such as preparing an action project for IQA development at their HEIs.

Participants' profiles

Teams (3 to 5 members) of higher education officials in charge of academic quality (e.g. vice-rectors for academic affairs and quality assurance professionals at central and decentralized levels) at higher education institutions from Arab states.   


Upon invitation exclusively

550 US$ (per person)