The Education and Training Evaluation Commission Signs an Agreement to Implement Institutional Accreditation Standards on Prince Mohammed bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship (MBSC)
King Abdullah Economic City, 28 February, 2022: The Education and Training Evaluation Commission, represented by the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA), signed an agreement on Monday, February 28, 2022, to implement the institutional accreditation standards on Prince Mohammed bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship (MBSC), at the College’s headquarters in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). The agreement was signed by the CEO of the NCAAA, Prof. Mohammad bin Saleh Bashammakh, and by MBSC’s Dean, Prof. Zeger Degraeve.
The MBSC’s Dean, Prof. Zeger Degraeve, expressed his pleasure with this agreement, saying that “working towards acquiring the institutional accreditation will give us the opportunity to proof the quality of the College’s governance, education, facilities, research, social engagement programs, among many other fields.” He added: “We are keen to provide a world-class education that meets the highest national and international accreditation standards through this agreement, as it will add value to our students and alumni by providing them with greater opportunities for academic and career development.”
From his end, the CEO of the NCAAA, Prof. Mohammed Bashammakh, stressed on the importance of obtaining accreditation for institutions and academic programs by applying to it through the center, which is considered as the first step towards ensuring education quality and continuous development; hence, encouraging these institutions to achieve local and global excellence and competitiveness in a manner that contributes to the economy and national development. Also, he thanked the College’s administration and its employees for their keenness to raising the level of its education’s quality.
Moreover, Prof. Bashammakh added that the agreement will launch an evaluation study by the NCAAA according to its jurisdictions and based on its official standards and roles, which in turn will determine the College’s eligibility to obtain academic accreditation. In this evaluation study, the College will go through multiple stages and procedures, beginning with certifying its eligibility to apply for accreditation. After that, the center will examine the College’s reports and documents and provide it with feedback and comments that will, hopefully, contribute to improving and enhancing the institution’s quality. Next, these papers will be submitted to an independent team that will conduct a review and a final visit, and prepare a detailed report on the performance of the institution subject to evaluation. This process is designed to stimulate continuous development and is considered the cornerstone of accreditation decisions, in accordance with the accreditation policies and standards of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission, represented by the NCAAA.
The Head of Quality Assurance and Accreditation at MBS College, Ms. Enas Khawqandi, emphasized that the academic accreditation that the College is seeking will improve its ranking at the global level, and enhance confidence in its academic and research outputs by preparing employment-ready graduates. She continued: “MBSC is seeking other international accreditations as well in parallel which pushes us to continuous development and strive to achieve our leadership and students’ ambitions”.
The Education and Training Evaluation Commission works in accordance with its mission and objectives, and in cooperation and integration with the Ministry of Education and Saudi universities and colleges; with the aim of contributing to raising the quality and efficiency of education and training to the highest international levels. Thus, contributing to achieving the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030 and the goals of the Human Capacity Development Program, which includes specific goals for the programmatic accreditation of universities.
The academic accreditation process that will be carried out by the NCAAA, a part of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission, contributes to raising the quality of outputs and their readiness for the labor market. It is important to note that the center regularly identifies and updates the learning outcomes and the knowledge and skills required by the labor market in each specialization, which is done in close coordination with specialized agencies and bodies. In addition, it measures indicators about employment rates, graduates’ results in professional and standardized tests, and other indicators that focus on the quality of outputs.
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