Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of Sri Lanka

Membership Type: Intermediate
Email: directorqaac@ugc.ac.lk
Year in which Organisation/Agency commenced operations: 2005
Countries/regions/states of operation: srilanka

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Title: Professor
First Name: Deepthi
Surname: C. Bandara
Job Title: Director
Phone: 0094-11-2368794
Fax: 0094-11-2368794
Email Id: directorqaac@ugc.ac.lk

Nominated Contact Person (if different from CEO)


Organisation Details

Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of Sri Lanka
Address: 20, Ward Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka, 0094 11 2692234
Sri Lanka
Website: http://www.qaacouncil.lk

Additional Contacts

Criteria Requirements for Full Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary
education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
3 Criterion: Agency staff, Numbers, Profile, Roles:
Measure: The profile of the staff is consistent with the Mission Statement
4 Criterion: Profile of reviewers:
Measure: The profile of the reviewers is consistent with the Mission Statement
5 Criterion: Independence:
Measure: The judgements and recommendations of the agency’s reports cannot be changed by third parties
6 Criterion: Resources:
Measure: The agency has sufficient resources to run its operations in accordance with its mission statement and objectives
7 Criterion: External quality assurance criteria and processes:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure
8 Criterion: Quality assurance:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure

Criteria Requirements for Institutional Member

Institutional Member Criteria:
Measure: Institutional Members are institutions of higher education in the region that are in good standing with the relevant quality assurance agency if one exists.

Criteria Requirements for Associate Member

Associate Member Criteria:
Measure:Associate Members are organisations with a major interest and active involvement in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education, but without the responsibility for assuring the quality of institutions, education programs, or external quality assurance agencies

Criteria Requirements for Intermediate Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
Description: 1
Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
Our intention here is to set out the Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QAA) frame work now developed and being implemented in Sri Lankan public and private higher education institutes. It has emerged after extensive discussions with all stakeholders in higher education.

At present, the QAA Council conducts two types of reviews, namely Institutional Review and Subject Review.

Institutional Review (IR) focuses on the powers and responsibilities, which universities hold for quality and standards. It is concerned with how a university assures itself and the wider public, that the quality and standards it sets for itself are being achieved.


This was officially founded in August 2005 with the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka/Ministry of Education.

Please refer to the Official website www.qaacouncil.lk for evidence and information
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
Criterion: Mission statement and objectives
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
The Mision Statement is "to ensure quality, continuous development and efficient performance of Sri Lankan higher education institutions, and to gain the confidence of the community in their graduates in accordance with internationally recognized evaluation mechanism".

Objectives are:

â?¢Evaluation of new Curricular and Courses, new Degree Programs, including Distant Learning Programs, establishment of new Departments, Faculties, Institutes, including Postgraduate Institutes, Centres of Study, Schools in the Universities and Private Sector Higher Educational Institutes. Also the staff availability and infrastructure.

â?¢Evaluation of Degree awarding status of Institutes and upgrading into Postgraduate status.

â?¢Quality Assurance of self-accreditation universities, their curricular and courses of degrees, staff and infrastructure.

â?¢Develop criteria and procedures for the recognition of new universities (Public and Private).

â?¢Accreditation Higher Educational courses offered by non-self-accrediting Institutes.

â?¢Assessment of the quality of foreign degrees and delivery arrangements and agreements on mutual recognition of awards accredited by Foreign Quality Assurance Agencies

â?¢Report on, and making recommendations regarding national quality assurance and accreditation arrangements.

â?¢Conduct Subject and Institutional Reviews in Public and Private Higher Educational Universities/Institutes
3 Criterion: :
Proof of the organisation’s good standing with the local QA agency

Criteria Requirements for Observer

Criterion For Observers:
Measure: APQN accepts as Observers organisations outside the Asia-Pacific region, including: external quality assurance agencies; institutions with a major interest in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education; other regional networks that have major interests in and strong links with the region

Documentation and Fees

Additional Information: No additional information is required for my application
Upon approval of my application I agree to pay:
  • $500 (Initial Joining Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member, Associate Member)
  • $285 Member Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member(if INQAAHE Member)
I will be applying for support for: None

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