Introduction to the Quality Assurance Division, Department of Architectural Engineering
The Quality Assurance Division of the Department of Architecture represents the mechanism through which an ongoing quality assurance system is established in the Department in preparation for obtaining academic accreditation, as the Department of Architecture at the University of Technology seeks to coordinate, follow-up and accomplish all academic and administrative matters related to college programs to obtain accreditation Academic. This can be achieved by setting the Department an internal system for quality assurance that confirms and enhances the quality of scientific applications in terms of: setting up systems for monitoring and evaluating performance; identifying opportunities, challenges, weaknesses, and strengths (evaluation); and submitting improvement plans and setting implementation priorities (straighten) leading to the quality of architectural education, which means the total characteristics and features of the educational system and its ability to provide outstanding graduates to meet and achieve the immediate and future and the strategic aspirations of the beneficiary of the service needs (student, labour market, and society), to lead it all to academic accreditation.
The concept of Quality Assurance means the systems and processes that the Department follows to ensure that academic standards are known and are achieved, according to the vision, mission, and stated goals. These standards should be consistent with local standards in achieving identity, privacy, and emphasising civilised values derived from the authenticity of heritage and present data that are aligned with the Arab and international standards. Also, ensuring that the quality of learning opportunities; the quality of research; and the quality of community participation are appropriate and conform to the expectations of service recipients.
Expanding the Quality culture and promoting the development of strategic and operational plans at work and plans for continuous improvement, and follow-up through self-evaluation reports, attempting to build high-quality educational outcomes and create the appropriate environment for the international accreditation of educational programs in the Department.
Ensuring the quality of educational programs and continuous improvement as a procedure to develop an architectural education towards international accreditation and prepare an architect with high professional skills.
1- Diffusing the Quality culture among all employees of the Department, in a way that ensures the generation of a sense of organised teamwork to serve the goals of the educational institution and society.
The Scopes of Work and Pertinent Activities of the Quality Assurance Division of the Department of Architectural Engineering
The Department Quality Assurance Requirements Elements:
1 - Consolidating the quality of the inputs that represent the student and the faculty member and the academic decisions and subjecting them to periodic review in accordance with the requirements of total quality management, that is, unifying the Department’s vision to reach the goal.
Quality Assurance Division Philosophy:
The philosophy of Quality Assurance adopted by the Department is demonstrated as follows:
Success in ensuring quality and reliability is one of the responsibilities and obligations when talking about an architectural school, which derives its creative and unique way of teaching and teaching an architectural program and curriculum with a specificity derived from the University’s technological specialisation in focusing on the practical and practical side. The Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Technology has a proactive and clear role and relentless pursuit in focusing on the quality and mastery of the curricula and curricula. It was clearly demonstrated in the reputation of its graduates over the past years of excellence and creativity, as attested by work institutions in the public and private sector inside and outside Iraq.
We are in front of a rising architectural school that seeks in its work and is active and strives to implement quality standards, including the specificity of Architectural Education, such as that carried by the Department of Architecture in its vision, mission, and stated goals compared to the rest of the Architecture Departments in Iraqi Universities.
The principles of quality management that seem intertwined in its content and output in architectural education are closely related to the concept of accreditation, which is an effective tool to ensure the quality of the educational process and its outputs and the continuity of its development. Also, other concepts that may appear parallel, such as the recognition of certificates and licenses to practice the profession; an evaluation that is based on a set of criteria; the approved standard; and the evaluation that aims to reach conclusions that lead to taking developmental measures to avoid deficiencies in adhering to quality standards, concepts of controlling, planning, guaranteeing, and developing quality, leading to academic accreditation to achieve The objectives approved by the Department.
The Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Technology is committed to providing its services to the beneficiaries at the highest possible level of quality as a philosophy adopted by its management, and the Department's staff at all levels share the responsibility of implementing this commitment, as everyone is dedicated to performing tasks in ways that guarantee quality. Hence, raising a principle slogan: "Correct from the first time and every time".
The Department aims to be a 'model' in Architectural Education by adopting a system for total quality management in accordance with the strategic plan that conforms to local standards in achieving identity and privacy and emphasising high civilizational values derived from the originality of heritage and interacting With present data, to be in line with Arab and international standards. Also, to ensure that the quality of learning opportunities, the quality of research, and the quality of community participation are appropriate and in line with the expectations of the beneficiaries of this service and the mechanisms provided by modern technologies and methods of learning and new management globally.
Quality Control is a prerequisite for obtaining academic accreditation. The Quality Assurance Division in the Department and through the employees guarantees a highly competitive ability in the Department provides distinguished educational research and community services through thereof:
All the aforementioned is conducted to gain the academic accreditation, which is the incentive to improve the educational process as a whole and is a source of reassurance to the institutions of society for the level of graduates of the Department. Also, Accreditation is not a stone on academic freedom or an exposure to its values, but rather plays a fundamental role in stimulating the degrees granted by the Department with the degrees awarded in the Architecture Departments of Arab and international universities within the general specifications of the graduate in the speciality of Architectural Engineering for the graduate from the University of Technology in particular.
To achieve this idealistic goal at a high level of quality, the formation of several committees was initiated, as follows:
The Academic Standards Committee and the Development of Faculty Members Committee – in the scientifically prestigious Departments at the University of Technology – are the basic building block to obtain the strategic goal to ensure total quality in Architectural Education.