Announcement

The Roundtable Meeting of Quality Assurance Agencies of OIC Member Countries held in Kuala Lumpur on 15 November 2009 unanimously adopted the Kuala Lumpur Declaration 2009 on the establishment of the Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Islamic World. The Roundtable elected a seven-member Pro Tem Committee of the Association made up of representatives of quality assurance agencies from Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and Malaysia. Dato' Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein, the former Chief Executive of Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), was elected as the Chairman of the Committee. The MQA was also selected as the interim Secretariat of the Association and Prof Zita Mohd Fahmi, former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of MQA, was appointed as Secretary.

The Extraordinary Meeting of the Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Islamic World hosted by the National Accreditation Center, Kazakhstan in Astana, Kazakhstan on 4 May 2011 adopted the proposed Constitution of the Association. The adoption of the Constitution subsequently saw the formal establishment of IQA and the election of its governing board.

The former Chief Executive Officer of MQA, Dato' Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein, was given the mandate to lead the Executive Board as the first President of IQA, while the former President of the Egyptian National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education, Prof. Magdy Kassem, was elected as the Vice President. The Meeting elected other seven members of the Executive Board made up of representatives from Algeria, Bahrain, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Turkey.

The MQA was selected as the Secretariat of the Association and Prof Zita Mohd Fahmi, former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of MQA, was appointed as the Executive Secretary.

By adopting the Kuala Lumpur Declaration 2009 and the IQA Constitution, all participating agencies and ministries agree to work together under the IQA umbrella towards the enhancement of quality in the higher education in countries of the Islamic world.

The goals of IQA are:

i. to enhance the capacity of quality assurance agencies in countries of the Islamic World;
ii. to facilitate collaboration and exchanges of best practices, experiences and expertise among quality assurance agencies of countries of the Islamic World; and
iii. to encourage cooperation with regional and international quality assurance organizations;

The second election was carried out during the 2013 IQA Roundtable on 29 October 2013 in Bahrain. Dr. Jawaher Shaheen Al-Mudhahki, the Chief Executive of National Authority of Qualifications and Quality Assurance for Education and Training (QQA), Bahrain was elected as the second President of IQA, while Prof. Mahmut Ozer from the Council of Higher Education, Turkey was appointed as the Vice President. Seven members were also elected as the Executive Board, which made up of representatives from Algeria, Cyprus, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uganda.

Dr. Tariq Al-Sindi from the QQA, Bahrain was appointed as the Executive Secretary, whilst QQA, Bahrain was selected as the new Secretariat of the Association.

For any matters pertaining to the Association, please contact:

Secretariat
Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Islamic World (IQA)
National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training Bahrain
Doha Plaza, Building 2334 Road 2830 Block 428
P.O. Box 30347
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

+973 17562313
+973 17562306
www.qaa.edu.bh
tariq.alsindi[at]qaa.edu.bh

New website of the IQA is http://iqaworld.org/

You may refer to http://www2.mqa.gov.my/aqaaiw/index_01.cfm for the previous website.