Global dynamics are changing rapidly, and the constant changes pose challenges to every sector. Remaining competitive in the age of the knowledge economy requires continuous improvement and quality enhancement. To understand the global dynamics and requirements, the role of quality assurance and enhancement has become an integral part of higher education institutions (HEIs). The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan established Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in 2005 with a vision “To promote, enhance and assure the quality of higher education across HEIs in Pakistan”. The role of QAA is the policymaking, monitoring of quality in higher education, developing guidelines, capacity building, and of external quality assurance. Under the directives of QAA-HEC, Quality Enhancement Cells (QECs) were established in the HEIs and Universities across Pakistan. The role of internal quality assurance and enhancement and compliance with the quality parameters of QAA was assigned to QEC.
Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (PAF-IAST) is established for quality assurance and enhancement. At PAF-IAST, quality means that adhere to our vision and mission of “Skilling Pakistan”. Quality is to satisfy the needs of all stakeholders by achieving excellence of the highest standards and continuous improvement in academia. We are committed to producing skilled and knowledgeable graduates that can contribute to the socio-economic development of Pakistan and at the global level. We are accountable for the public expectations, and we ensure that the standards are met. The global landscape is continuously evolving and there is always an opportunity for continuous improvement. The quality assurance system responds to the diversity of higher education systems, institutions, programs, and students. Therefore, PAF-IAST is continuously reviewing the standards and increasing the benchmarks to ensure quality education at par with the national and international standards.
Quality is the responsibility of everyone. Therefore, quality assurance supports the development of quality culture at the individual as well as collective level. Quality is a cultural/psychological element of shared values, beliefs, expectations, and commitment toward quality. At the same time, it is a structural/managerial element with defined processes that enhance quality and aims at coordinating individual efforts. Quality culture at PAF-IAST is a shared responsibility where every individual is accountable and responsible for the quality of education and for contributing to the fulfillment of the vision and mission of PAF-IAST. QEC takes all the necessary steps to evaluate, measure, and maintain the quality of all academic and non-academic activities. PAF-IAST learns and evolves as we aim at a quality culture rather than a rigid set of procedures. This culture helps us in understanding our system and in the identification of the areas for improvement. The evaluation mechanism adopted under quality assurance is utilized for the development and strengthening of PAF-IAST.
To strengthen the quality culture at PAF-IAST that assures and enhances the quality of higher education at par with national and international standards.
Our mission is to develop a viable and sustainable quality management system and culture to ensure that academic programs, teaching, research, and support services endure the standards of internal and external quality assurance and enhancement for continuous improvement.
The objectives of QEC PAF-IAST are to:
The Quality Enhancement Cell at PAF-IAST plays a major role in building quality culture, quality assurance, and quality enhancement. The scope of QEC at PAF-IAST is to establish a quality management system and implement it. The following domains are under the scope of QEC:
Mr. Qasim Ali Zahoor
PA to Manager QEC