During a ceremony, His Excellency, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Abdul Razzaq Abdul Jalel Al-Esa announced on the national criteria to adopt the engineering education programs, software and curricula in Iraq.
Dr. Al-Esa said that the accreditation criteria will include all aspects of the educational process to improve quality from the perspective of strategic management and total quality which is the basic of the quality of the educational institutions and His Excellency added that the importance of program accreditation lies in the quality of the graduates and in the accreditation in the graduation certificate.
His Excellency continued by saying that the national standards of adopting the engineering education programs are the first of their kind in Iraq and His Excellency also reviewed that this achievement came as a result of the continuous effort of the Council of Improving Quality of Engineering Education in Iraq and after reviewing the experience of many countries under the umbrella of the Washington Agreement such as United States, United Kingdom and Japan which is sponsored by the International Engineering Alliance to enable national accreditation councils to gain international recognition for accreditation within the national geographic framework via harmonizing approved standards.
Dr. Al-Esa said that the standards will achieve the requirements of the local, regional and international business sector, expand the concept of occupational ethics, environment and society in order to build the personality of the civilized Iraqi citizen and transmit to the method of education that based on the educational outcomes of the decisions and their relation to the graduates as an essential feature of contemporary advanced education and His Excellency referred to that the standards may include all State’s institutions as well as cooperating with the Ministry of Education to implement quality standards in all sectors of education.
For his part, Director of Supervision and Scientific Evaluation, Dr. Nabeel Al-Araji expressed the hope that the quality improvement councils will announce on the other curricula and national standards in light of their own plan to achieve the process of comprehensive integration in the application of national quality standards.
It is worth mentioning that the members of the Council of Improving Quality of Engineering Education in Iraq reviewed the plan of the details that produced the criteria and the philosophy of choice that was adopted.