ERIC Number: EJ900783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Managing Quality from a Distance: A Case Study of Collaboration between Oman and New Zealand
O'Rourke, Susan; Al Bulushi, H. A.
Quality in Higher Education, v16 n3 p197-210 Nov 2010
Both the public and private higher education sectors in Oman are undergoing rapid change in the number and type of local and foreign degrees offered. The Sultanate is developing a comprehensive quality assurance system to ensure the educational appropriateness of all degrees awarded in Oman. This paper examines the collaboration between the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman and the New Zealand Tertiary Education Consortium, which has resulted in the delivery of four degrees based on New Zealand material but conferred by Oman. These degrees are thus neither fully local nor awarded by external institutions. Taking the communication degree as its focus, quality assurance matters relating to content, teaching and learning, accreditation processes, maintenance of standards across multi-campus delivery and benchmarking are explored against local and international standards.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Control, Foreign Countries, Educational Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Educational Quality, Delivery Systems, International Cooperation, Benchmarking, Accreditation (Institutions), Academic Standards, National Standards, Predictor Variables, Case Studies, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; Oman