Licensing Doha Institute

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is an officially recognized academic institution. It is an independent institution of higher education founded in the State of Qatar and licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, as per the Ministerial Decree No. (15) of 2016, which authorizes DI to grant academic degrees. DI is one of the first independent national institutions of higher education in Qatar to obtain the license after meeting the Licensing and Accreditation Standards for Higher Education Institutions in Qatar, following the ministry's approval as DI has obtained an integrated system of institutional effectiveness and quality assurance. 


Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Assurance System

Since its inception, DI has been implementing a system of institutional effectiveness and quality assurance, based on the best practices followed by the international and regional universities in this field, in addition to the high standards upon which the academic quality assurance and accreditation rely. The aim of the system is to supervise the activities of the continuous development and quality assurance entirely at DI; including accreditation processes, academic and administrative evaluations, strengthening of the planning processes, and decision-making through collecting and analyzing information and data.

DI implements coherent and integrated quality standards of international credibility in order to achieve its objectives, ensuring the high quality of its programs according to the following mechanisms:

Annual assessment of the academic and administrative units: it is an ongoing internal process designed to determine the extent to which academic and administrative units accomplish their mission and objectives, and the extent of being in harmony with DI mission and strategic plan.

External accreditation of DI programs: DI academic programs are subject to external accreditation by the "Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)" , while some other programs are seeking own accreditation; such as the programs of the College of Public Administration and Development Economics that seek to obtain accreditation of the  Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

In this context, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies obtained academic accreditation for the Sociology and Anthropology and Media and Cultural Studies programs from FIBAA in June 2020, and the Public Policy Program received accreditation from NASPAA in July 2020.

In addition to the two basic mechanisms mentioned above, the institutional effectiveness and quality assurance system at DI adopted benchmarks in designing its programs and learning outcomes. The learning outcomes are the foundation of any program, being the measuring tool of the effectiveness of program and its benefits to students. The learning outcomes are what students will acquire as a result of their studies at the Institute.  Therefore, to ensure the proper design of programs and learning outcomes in accordance with international standards, the following frames and documents have been implemented:

- The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies classifies the learning outcomes into four categories: knowledge and understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and key/transferable skills. Designing the learning outcomes in the program to cover these four categories to ensure that students obtain a complete educational experience.

- "Master's Degree Characteristics Statement"

- "Guidelines for Preparing Program Specifications"

DI has established an infrastructure that consists of various elements of quality assurance; including the formation of specialized committees at the colleges and Institute levels, the development of organizational and indicative policies for designing the programs, courses and academic work, the development of models for the description of programs and courses, and the implementation of multiple surveys/questionnaires to evaluate the performance level of the Institute and education.

The committees of "Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Assurance" and "Teaching, Learning and Assessment" are the key committees to ensure quality at the DI and its programs. The institutional effectiveness and quality assurance committee provides the necessary advice and support to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in the field of continuous development, quality assurance system, institutional accreditations and others. Similarly, Teaching, Learning and Assessment committee assesses the effectiveness of the activities and practices of teaching, learning, assessment and their development, including the learning outcomes and competencies assessment at the level of programs, and supporting the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in the field of accreditation.

The institutional effectiveness system relies on several sources of information and feedbacks to make improvements, development and quality assurance decisions. One of these instruments is a student course survey, and a graduate student survey; which is used to evaluate programs and courses in order to be developed, while employees and departments satisfaction surveys are used to assess employee's satisfaction and the quality of administrative services. This is in addition to other studies and institutional research investigating a specific concern.

 

Institutional Accreditation

In line with its vision to become a leading academic, educational and research institution in the Arab world and worldwide, and to ensure its quality, DI seeks to obtain the International Quality Review (IQR), which is an external review by independent reviewers, evidence-based auditors conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency in the United Kingdom "Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)", to measure internal quality assurance processes for institutions outside the UK in accordance with the "European Standards and Guidelines (ESG)". These European standards and regulations concentrate on improving the work of the institute systems, especially to benefit the education and learning processes. DI considers obtaining this international review as a vital element in increasing the chances of graduates to join PhD programs and the labor market locally and internationally. The above-mentioned European standards revolve around: program design and review, teaching, learning and assessment, learning resources and student support, information management, quality assurance policy and others. For more details on these standards, please visit this website

 

Quality Culture

DI publishes the culture of quality within its educational and administrative structure through several training workshops and open discussions that address quality issues in education and university administration. DI integrates quality assurance mechanisms in daily practices, and in the work of individuals and committees; in order to become part of the work process. It also utilizes a "third party policy" to take advantage of different experiences in the field of quality assurance and accreditation; where seminars are held to identify the most important practices and systems followed in this field. 


Memberships and Recognitions  

DI seeks to establish partnerships, affiliate with and/or be member in different associations to strengthen its position among universities and prestigious institutions in the region and the world. Furthermore, to measure its academic quality and improve it, DI is currently a member of the following associations:

- Mediterranean Universities Union (MUU)

- Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

- Association of Institutional Research (AIR)

It is worth mentioning that DI received recognitions from the Ministry of Higher Education in Jordan as well as the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Palestine, and it is in the process of receiving other recognitions.


Office of Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness oversees all ongoing developments and quality assurance activities at DI; including accreditation, academic and administrative evaluation. The office works with the Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Assurance and the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committees in supervising the quality assurance processes in a way that represents the entire concerned parties (colleges and departments).


References

Licensing and Accreditation Standards for Higher Education Institutes in Qatar

Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation "FIBAA" 

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration "NASPAA"

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications in UK

Master's Degree Characteristics Statement 

International Quality Review "IQR"

Quality Assurance Agency in the United Kingdom "QAA"

European Standards and Guidelines "ESG"

Academy of Institutional Research "AIR"