About QEC

In May 2017, Quality Enhancement Cell at NUR International University (NIU) was established. The Primary goal of QEC is to safeguard stakeholder’s interest by enforcing and strengthening the good practices like curriculum development, quality of teaching and research in education and continuous quality improvement in higher education. The University is assessed annually through QECs against following parameters:

  1. Progress against Institutional Performance Evaluation
  2. Progress against Program Self-Assessment
  3. Accreditation of Programs
  4. PhD and MS/MPhil Program Review
  5. Functioning of QEC Secretariat
  6. Implementation of HEC (QAA) Polices and Criteria’s

Director QEC Message

Living in the 21st century has its own demands. It requires information, media and technology literate human resource that possesses critical and creativity thinking, who can effectively communicate and collaborate across the universe, and can meet the challenges with flexibility and diversity. Due this demand university academia is in the process of rapid evolution. Academic institutions, systems, programs and courses will obsolete if it could not set and meet standards and benchmarks required for these demands.

Under these conditions I believe, the role of the Quality Enhancement Cell is very vital. It is not only the responsibility of my house to promote confidence of its’ stakeholder by set, implement and review clear, explicit and quality academic standards, benchmark them with world recognize practices, but also prepare leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow who can make contribution in the evolving world.

Currently NUR International University is in compliance with national quality assurance agency (QAA) framework; develop our human resources through capacity building trainings, program audits, review processes and self-assessment reports. It is my plan not only to strengthen the QEC processes and practices, but also ensure the university compatibility with international standards and get accreditation by international quality assurance agencies.

Functions of QEC
  • The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) is to be headed by the Director reporting directly to Vice Chancellor. He is to be the correspondent with the outside bodies.
  • QEC is responsible for promoting public confidence that the quality and standards of the award of degrees are enhanced and safeguarded.
  • QEC is responsible for the review of quality standards and the quality of teaching and learning in each subject area.
  • QEC is responsible for the review of academic affiliations with other institutions in terms of effective management of standards and quality of programs. 
  • QEC is responsible for defining clear and explicit standards as points of reference to the reviews to be carried out.
  • QEC is responsible to ensure qualifications framework, attributes and abilities that can be expected from the holder of a qualification, i.e. Bachelors, M. Phil.,
  • QEC is responsible to ensure program specifications. These are standard set of information clarifying what knowledge, understanding, skills and other attributes a student will have developed on successfully completing a specific program.
  • QEC is responsible to develop quality assurance processes and methods of evaluation to affirm provision of quality and standard are being maintained to foster curriculum, subject and staff development, together with research and other scholarly activities.
  • QEC is responsible to ensure that the university’s quality assurance procedures are designed to fit in with the arrangements in place nationally for maintaining and improving the quality of Higher Education.
QEC is also responsible of developing procedures for the following:
  • Approval of new programs 
  • Student feedback 
  • Institutional assessment 
  • Program specifications 
  • Qualification framework 
  • Self-Assessment reports of all faculties
  • MS/PhD Program Reviews

National & International Memberships & Rankings

QEC Structure
  • Organogram

Self-Assessment Process

QEC at NIU is establishedfor self-assessment process as instructed by Quality Assurance Agency (QAA-HEC). Self-assessment process is an important tool for academic quality assurance, and provides feedback for faculty and administration to initiate action plans for improvement. We conduct self-assessment process for academic programs in order to improve them and ensure high academic standards by providing feedback for faculty and administration to initiate action plan for improvement.

Objectives

The objectives of self-assessment are to:

  • Provide students with essential skills to enter the workplace well prepared in the core competencies: problem solving abilities, experimental and data analysis techniques, team work experience, interpersonal skills, basic and advance IT skills.
  • Prepare the academic program for review by discipline councils.

Program Team

The Program team will be responsible for preparing a self-assessment report (SAR) about the program under consideration over a period of one semester. They will be the contact group during the assessment period.

Sr # Programs Program Team Members
1.        BS-Nutritional Sciences ·         Ms. Shazia Zahra

·         Ms. Aruj Hayeee        

2.        BS-Applied Psychology ·         Ms. Shirmeen Ijaz

·         Ms. Naeema Sarfaraz

3.        BS-Biochemistry ·         Dr. Saman Hina

·         Dr. Farouk Qamar Malik

4.        BS-Speech Language & Pathology ·         Ms. Rabia Azmat

·         Ms. Sadia Tahir

5.        BS-Medical Lab Technology ·         Mr. Saad Sattar

·         Ms. Faiza Usman

6.        Bachelor of Business Administration ·         Dr. Saima Batool

·         Mr. Zohaib Awan

7.        Doctor of Physical Therapy ·         Dr. Amna Irum

·         Dr. Amen fatima

·         Dr. Haseeb-ur- Rehman

·         Dr.Tayyaba Niaz 

8.        MS-Food Nutritional & Dietetics ·         Dr. Saima Naz

·         Mr. Habib ur Rehman

9.        MS-Economics ·         Dr. Aribah Aslam
Assessment Team

The Vice Chancellor forms an assessment team (AT) in consultation with the QEC recommendations within one month. The AT comprises of 2-3 faculty members from within or outside the university. The AT must have at least one expert in the area of the assessed program.

Status of Self-Assessment Reports.

Will be updated soon.

QEC Activities
  • Seminars
  1. Deputy Director QEC attended 01st International Seminar on Times Higher Education (THE) university’s ranking on October 24, 2019 at The University of Lahore.
  • Conferences
  1. Will be updated soon
  • Workshops
Continuous Professional Development sessions conducted by QEC
  1. Qamer Ahmed Deputy Director (NIU) participated in Quality Assurance in E-Learning on June 12-13, 2020organized by Virtual University of Pakistan (VUP) in Collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning. The workshop aims to provide a forum to all the participants from Quality Enhancement Cells of different DAIs, academicians, and administration for the exchange of best practices in current the situation emerged due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. One day workshop on “How to write Self- Assessment Report” was organized by Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC), NUR International University on March 12th The workshop was organized for program team members of academic departments to provide training in Self-Assessment Report Writing. Mr. Muhammad Yousaf Jameel was the resource person, He elaborated the process of self-assessment and objectives of self-assessment, defined roles of Program teams (PTs) and Assessment Teams (ATs).  He also explained the faculty for the criteria of program mission, objectives and outcome, formulating the program and designing of courses during the workshop.

  • Two days workshop on Construct Examination Testing Items: Multiple Choice Questions and Short Answer Questions organized by NUR International University on 14th – 15th January 2020 by Dr. Amina Ahmed
  • Workshop on “Institutional Quality in Higher Education” organized by the Quality Enhancement Cell on November 16th, 2016 at NUR International University
  • Workshop on “Grading Techniques” organized by the Quality Enhancement Cell on November 23rd, 2016 at NUR International University
  • Workshop on “Semester System” organized by the Quality Enhancement Cell on December 14th, 2016 at NUR International University.
Meetings

 

Sr # Title Date Subject Participants Agenda
1st Progress Review Meeting with Program Team members April 13, 2020  Self-Assessment Program team members of

·         BS- NS

·         BS-AP

·         BS-BC

·         BS-SLP

·         BS-MLT

·         BBA

·         DPT

·         MS-FND

·         MS-ECO

·         Submission of criterions (1 & 2) Report of SAR

·         Address queries and discussion on criterion (1 & 2)

2nd  Progress Review Meeting with Program Team members April 22, 2020  Self-Assessment Program team members of

·         BS- NS

·         BS-AP

·         BS-BC

·         BS-SLP

·         BS-MLT

·         BBA

·         DPT

·         MS-FND

·         MS-ECO

·         Submission of criterions (3&4) Report of SAR

·         Address queries and discussion on criterion (3 & 4)

3rd  Progress Review Meeting with Program Team members April 30, 2020  Self-Assessment Program team members of

·         BS- NS

·         BS-AP

·         BS-BC

·         BS-SLP

·         BS-MLT

·         BBA

·         DPT

·         MS-FND

·         MS-ECO

·         Submission of criterions (5 & 6) Report of SAR

·         Address queries and discussion on criterion (5 & 6)

4th  Progress Review Meeting with Program Team members May 04, 2020  Self-Assessment Program team members of

·         BS- NS

·         BS-AP

·         BS-BC

·         BS-SLP

·         BS-MLT

·         BBA

·         DPT

·         MS-FND

·         MS-ECO

·         Submission of criterions (7 & 8) Report of SAR

·         Address queries and discussion on criterion (7 & 8)

 

Trainings
  • Psychometrics II (A 4 hours session, January 2019)-Zia Rathore

This session was conducted in connection with the session conducted on November 2018. Focus of the session was types of questions (Dichotomous, Factual, Convergent, Divergent, Evaluative), Use of Bloom’s Taxonomy to construct questions at various level of cognition, and use of understanding with types and levels to construct objective based, interpretive and essay type questions.

  • Psychometrics III (A 4 hours session, January 2019)-Zia Rathore

Main contents of this session were; Development of Marking Criterion and Table of Specification. Discussion based session was initiated to explore the criterion referenced assessment and standardization of marking of students’ work product. Mainly two types of criterions were discussed; analytical and holistic marking criteria. Similarly one way and two way table of specification was discussed to improve the quality of examination papers.

  • Conduct and Manage Examination (An hour session, January 2019)-Zia Rathore

This session was conducted to share useful information about how to conduct examination and manage various responsibilities associated with all three phases of examination. For the facilitation a document was constructed and shared during the session (Guidelines for Exam Paper Developers). They were also supported by providing a document, Guidelines for Invigilators that will help them conduct examination.  

  • Psychometrics-I (A 90 minutes session, November 2018)-Zia Rathore

This session was first of the series, organized for the teachers of NIU, to focus on some main areas of assessment including;

  • Importance and purpose of ILOs in semester system
  • Construction of SMART ILO statements
  • Levels of cognitive domain for assessment of ILOs
  • Types of testing items (MCQs and Complex Achievement Questions)

 

  • Giving Constructive Feedback (A 90 minutes session, December 2018)-Zia Rathore

Performance of students is very much dependent upon the support provided to them in the form of feedback. It was realized that students must be given constructive feedback especially at the time of mid-semester examination that is philosophical underpinning of semester system. During the interactive session it was explored the importance of feedback, effect of feedback on self-esteem, principles of giving feedback, difference between feedback and constructive feedback, various models of providing constructive feedback (Sandwich, SBI, Pendleton and DESC) but also use role play techniques to model various models of giving constructive feedback. 

Memberships

Will be updated soon

Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE)

In order to improve the performance of HEIs, HEC has started with primary step of outlining the Performance Evaluation Standards for the HEIs to be used for the purpose.

A total of eleven standards are defined in this document, and all of these standards are equally important to be met by the HEIs to achieve the desired certification to quality provision in higher education, international visibility and significant place in the regional and international rankings of the HEIs.  

Various performance evaluation standards outlining major areas to be focused on by the HEIs for evaluation of their effectiveness and future development are given below:

  • Standard 1:            Mission Statement and Goals
  • Standard 2:            Planning and Evaluation
  • Standard 3:            Organization and Governance
  • Standard 4:            Integrity
  • Standard 5:            Faculty
  • Standard 6:            Students
  • Standard 7:            Institutional Resources      
  • Standard 8:            Academic Programs and Curricula
  • Standard 9:            Public Disclosure and Transparency                 
  • Standard 10:          Assessment & Quality Assurance
  • Standard 11:          Student Support Service

 First IPE Visit QAA-HEC

Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) at NIU has successfully conducted the Institutional Performance Evaluation visit of HEC. The Review Panelists from the Quality Assurance Agency of the Higher Education Commission (QAA-HEC) visited NUR International University Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) on

Surveys/Feedback

Feedback is an essential part of effective learning, and plays a pivotal role to improve the teaching methodology and learning environment. To capture the voice of students, receiving feedback on various stages in many ways and its application is a special area of focus.

  • ​​Student Course Evaluation Questionnaire​ (Proforma-1)
    Faculty Course Review Report (Proforma-2)
  • Survey of Graduating Students (Proforma-3)
  • Research Student Progress Review Form (Proforma-4)
  • Faculty Survey (Proforma-5)
  • Alumni Survey (Proforma-6)
  • Employer Survey (Proforma-7)
  • Faculty Resume (Proforma-8)

Teacher Evaluation Form (Proforma-9)​

QEC Team
Zia Rathore
Zia RathoreDirector QEC
Zia Rathore is a reflective practitioner who believes in constructive pragmatism. Throughout his carrier he worked under the domains of academia, educational leadership, institutional management, and monitoring and evaluations. Beside national, he associated with the various international educational organizations like UNICEF, DfID, BRAC, DSD, PEF etc during his 18 years carrier so far and accomplished various tasks.He got opportunity to work with many international educational leaders,like Raphael Wilkins, Linda Cook, Steven Ryan, Allicia Colegardo, Alan Duncan, Ken Jones etc.He values innovation, diversity and openness, great admirer of Howard Gardner’s Multi-Intelligence Model, and his preferable style is participative. Contact: zia.rathore@niu.edu.pk Ph:+92 42 3539 9170-4 | Ext.117

Qamer Ahmed
Qamer Ahmed Deputy Director QEC
Mr. Qamer Ahmed did his Master in information & Operational Management from University of the Punjab and Mphil. (Total Quality Management) from PIQC. He holds more than eight years of experience in the field of Quality Enhancement. His main area of interest is Quality assurance in higher education. Contact: qamer.ahmed@niu.edu.pk Ph: +92 42 3539 9170-4 | Ext.117