Quality Enhancement Cell - Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad

During recent years, the realization of need for quality assurance in higher education has become a global phenomenon. Pakistan also felt the need to assess and improve the quality of higher education with the objectives of achieving international competitiveness and compatibility of our academic programs and research quality.

Quality Assurance is the means through which an institution can guarantee with confidence and certainty, that the standards of its educational provision are being maintained and enhanced.

Quality enhancement is taking deliberate steps to bring about continual improvement in the effectiveness of the learning experience of students. In QE there is greater emphasis on Internal QA and the encouragement of an institutional “Quality Culture.”

Developing an internal quality assurance mechanism in every institution is highly important. This acts as a sustainable base for External Quality Monitoring. Self Assessment, being one of the tools used for achieving Quality Assurance is conducted by the institution itself. It is meant to assess whether the existing programs are able to meet the educational objectives and outcomes with the purpose and aims of improving the outcomes and outputs of the education system.

Institute of Space Technology (IST) has always been in the forefront for accepting and adapting best practices in the field of Education. Recognizing the role that it has to play in higher education sector, IST has established a Quality Enhancement Cell. This cell has the responsibility to ensure that the university’s quality assurance procedures are compatible with international standards and are designed to improve the quality of higher education.

News for QEC
Thursday, May 2, 2019QEC conducted Self Review of Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) standards as per HEC guidelines. The review was conducted by a committee including external members i.e. Brig (R) Engr. Salim Ahmed Khan, Director QEC Riphah International University and Engr. Fawad Sadiq, Manager QEC, Riphah International University. The committee reviewed requirements of IPE and conducted meetings with faculty and studentsTuesday, April 30, 2019QEC conducted Self Review of MS and PhD Programs as per HEC guidelines. The review was conducted by Dr. Naveed Akhter, Director QEC NUML as an external member and Engr. Muhammad Sadiq ur Rahman, Director QEC as an internal member.Thursday, April 18, 2019Assessment Visits of MS & PhD Mathematics and PhD Astronomy & Astrophysics were conducted by involving external program experts as per HEC guidelines.Tuesday, April 9, 2019Director QEC attended Progress Review Meeting & Training of QECs organized by QAA, HEC on 8th & 9th April, 2019.Friday, November 30, 2018Deputy Director QEC participated in 9th International on Management Research on 29-30 Nov, 2018 at Superior University, Lahore.Thursday, November 22, 2018Director QEC participated in 6th International Conference on Research in Education on 20-22 Nov, 2018 at University of Punjab, Lahore.Thursday, October 25, 2018QEC conducted training sessions on “Writing Program Self Assessment Report as per HEC guidelines” with Program Teams of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering DepartmentsWednesday, September 12, 2018QEC conducted awareness sessions with freshmen students on “Quality Assurance (QA) at IST”Tuesday, June 26, 2018QEC conducted Self Review of Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) standards as per HEC guidelines. The review was conducted by a committee including an external member i.e. Mr. Abdul Wahab Motla, Director Quality, Air University. The committee reviewed requirements of IPE and conducted meetings with faculty and studentsWednesday, May 30, 2018Assessment Visits of MS & PhD Mechanical Engineering, PhD Aerospace Engineering, MS Global Navigation & Satellite Systems, PhD Electrical Engineering and MS Astronomy & Astrophysics were conducted by involving external program experts as per HEC guidelines.Saturday, May 12, 2018Director QEC conducted a workshop on “Outcome Based Education and Accreditation” at University of Faisalabad.Saturday, May 5, 2018Assistant Director QEC attended International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) Biennial Forum 2018 in Mauritius.Thursday, March 29, 2018Director QEC attended 1st international Seminar on QS World University Rankings at University of Lahore and received commemorative certificate for IST being ranked in QS Asian University Rankings 2019Tuesday, March 27, 2018QEC conducted Self Review of MS and PhD Programs as per HEC guidelines. The review was conducted by Engr. Muhammad Sadiq ur Rahman, Director QEC as an internal member & Dr. Riaz Ahmed, Director Quality Assurance, National University of Sciences & Technology as an external member.Wednesday, January 3, 2018QEC conducted training session on “Writing Program Self Assessment Report as per HEC guidelines” with Program Teams of Electrical Engineering, GNSS and Astronomy & Astrophysics.Wednesday, December 20, 2017QEC organized a national level seminar on “Bloom’s Taxonomy in Design & Assessment of Course Learning Outcomes”. The resource person was Dr. Abdul Wahid Usmani, Head of Quality & Planning Unit, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. The participants included faculty members of IST and various universities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Taxila, Chakwal and Lahore.Tuesday, December 19, 2017Director QEC presented a research paper on “Strive for excellence: Integration of learning taxonomy in paradigm shift to Outcome Based Education” in 1st International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Khyber Medical University Peshawar.Thursday, November 16, 2017QEC conducted training sessions on “Writing Program Self Assessment Report as per HEC guidelines” with Program Teams of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering Departments.Tuesday, October 24, 2017QEC conducted training session on “Outcome Based Education” with the faculty of Aeronautics & Astronautics department.Wednesday, October 18, 2017QEC conducted awareness sessions with freshmen students on “Quality Assurance (QA) at IST”.Friday, September 29, 2017Assistant Director QEC conducted a training session on Program Self Assessment Mechanism at University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore.Thursday, June 15, 2017Director QEC attended the “Regional Conference on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Asia-Pacific” in ChinaTuesday, June 13, 2017Assessment Visits of PhD program of Material science & Engineering, MS programs of Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Remote Sensing & Geo-Information Science and BS program of Space Science were conducted as per HEC Self Assessment guidelines.Friday, May 12, 2017Director QEC attended training on “Pre Visit Preparation of IPE, MS/M.Phil. & Ph.D. Program Review” conducted by Higher Education Commission PakistanThursday, April 6, 2017QEC conducted awareness sessions with undergraduate students on “Quality Assurance (QA) at IST” Thursday, December 15, 2016QEC conducted training session on “Writing Program Self Assessment Report as per HEC guidelines” with Program Teams of Electrical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering departmentsFriday, December 9, 2016QEC members attended training session on Latest Ranking Criteria and Software at Higher Education Commission, IslamabadFriday, December 2, 2016Members from QEC attended Ninth Progress Review Meeting of Phase IV QECs conducted by Higher Education Commission at Hotel Grand Regency, IslamabadMonday, November 21, 2016QEC conducted training session on “Writing Program Self Assessment Report as per HEC guidelines” with Program Teams of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Space Science DepartmentsWednesday, September 28, 2016QEC conducted awareness sessions with freshmen students on “Quality Assurance (QA) at IST”
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