The 48th Quality Assurance Symposium was held last April 9, 2015 at the An Namuthajiyah auditorium with more than a hundred faculty members in attendance. In the first part of the program, the Rector presented a comparison of students’ performance (average marks obtained in the examination) in the old and in the new assessment/grading systems. The old system had two assessments prior to the final examination while the new system has only one, that is, at mid-term. Using comparative data for five selected courses, the presentation showed that for both male and female students, the students performance is so much better in the new system.
In the second part of the program, four research group leaders reported on the progress their groups had achieved to date after they were organized in December last year. These groups were created under the Research Center’s broad terms of reference (TOR) designed to promote more aggressively research in the College. The TOR were presented in an earlier QA symposium towards the end of the first semester by Prof. Hezekiah Mosadomi, the Center’s Director.
Prof.Ashraf Kamel and Dr. Hala Abdellal, leader of the Male and Female Division, respectively, of the Basic, Biomedical & Bio Dental Sciences Research Group; and Dr. Sherif Helal and Dr. Ghousia Sayeed, leader of the Male and Female Division, respectively of the Basic, Biomedical & Bio Dental Sciences Research Group reported on four or more of the following items:
  • the number of meetings the group has had;
  • the members of the group and their respective expertise;
  • the list of research topics which the group has prepared;
  • the sub-divisions made by the group according to closely related specialties and the perceived need for actual research work
  • the research proposals already registered with the Research Center;
  • the list of equipment, instruments, etc. already available and those that need to be procured;
  • the challenges they face about getting funding for their researches; managing their time to do the researches and completing them
  • recommendations towards publication of the group’s researches and participation in international fora.
More progress reports on research activities are expected at the next QA symposium.

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