Higher Education Commission

Membership Type: Intermediate
Email: mahmed@hec.gov.pk
Year in which Organisation/Agency commenced operations: 2002

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Title: Dr
First Name: Baloch
Surname: Mohammed
Job Title: Director General
Phone: +92 51 9080 1104
Fax: +92 51 9080 1102
Email Id: mrbaloch@hec.gov.pk
Alternative Email Id: dr.rafiqbaloch@yahoo.com

Nominated Contact Person (if different from CEO)


Organisation Details

Higher Education Commission
Address: Quality Assurance Division, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Sector H-9, Islamabad, Pakistan
Pakistan
Website: http://www.hec.gov.pk

Additional Contacts

Name 1: Dr. Muhammad E.Tusneem
Email 1: mtusneem@yahoo.com
Name 2: Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed
Email 2: mahmed@hec.gov.pk
Name 3: Fakiha Zafar
Email 3: fzafar@hec.gov.pk
Name 4: Dr. Azam Ali Khwaja
Email 4: akhwaja@hec.gov.pk
Name 5: Dr. Munawar Sultana Mirza
Email 5: vc@ue.edu.pk

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: Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.

Please provide documentary evidence, such as:
Legislation
Letter of incorporation
Work plan
Annual report

The whole higher education sector in Pakistan is monitored, funded and regulated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The commission is responsible for review and monitoring of the all higher education institutions in the country to justify the public spending in the sector. It is the public money which is being given to all the public sector universities in the country to run their functions therefore, the accountability of this public spending has been included in the powers and functions of HEC to review the performance of the universiites.
HEC is also developing discipline wise accreditation councils to accredit the higher education programmes and to assure the quality in cross cutting areas of higher education. The accreditation council for computing education is working under the umbrella of HEC to accredit the all computer education programmes in the country. Similarly, the accreditation council for agriculture and all other disciplines are going to be established as per mandate of the HEC given by the government.
The monitoring teams of HEC are responsible for monitoring and review of the higher education institutions on regular basis. The details of the powers and functions of HEC are given in the document of HEC 's introduction attached herewith.
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
Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.
Please provide documentary evidence, such as:

Strategy
Business plan

A well-educated graduate is the fundamental building block of a knowledge-based economy. In this regards, key issues are the quality of education imparted to the graduate, and its relevance to the economy. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has thus endeavored to identify intervention strategies that will assist Institutes of higher learning in providing an environment conducive to quality education. The faculty, the infrastructure and support provided to the faculty and students for teaching and research, and the efficiency of operation of university programs, define this environment. The issues of relevance are addressed by taking into consideration the direct or indirect links of the different disciplines to the current and future focus areas for development. It is necessary here that these focus areas are in harmony with the local and national industrial and social development plans.

In this paper we consider the future intervention strategies of the HEC and the respective implementation plans that will lead to improved quality of higher education, as well as, improved access to education, while laying the foundations of a strong knowledge-based economy. These interventions are directed in following five areas:

Faculty development,

Higher Education infrastructure development,

Focus area support,

Industrial linkages, and

Higher Education sector reforms.

The details of the next five year in functional terms is given in the document attached herewith.
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)
  • $300 Member Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member (if not INQAAHE Member)
I will be applying for support for: Both Initial Joining Fee and Membership Fee

Documents Submitted













Higher_Education_Five_year_Plan.doc


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