HBMSU and ANQAHE host a webinar to discuss the Benchmarking Framework

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) and the Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE) held a webinar on ‘The Benchmarking Framework for Online, Open, Smart, and Technology-enhanced Higher Education.’ The webinar aimed to present the benchmarking framework and its results on a global level to the participants and representatives of Arab universities' quality departments, as well as provide participants with the necessary insights into the model. 

The webinar offered an opportunity for participants to learn how higher education institutions can benefit from the internationally developed benchmarking framework to improve the quality of technology-enhanced education. H.E. Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, and Prof. Nadia Al Badrawi, President of ANQAHE, delivered the welcome addresses at the joint webinar, followed by presentations by Prof. Moustafa Hassan, Vice-Chancellor of International Cooperation at HBMSU, and Dr. Tariq Al Sindi, Secretary General, ANQAHE.

H.E. Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU stated: “We express our gratitude to Prof. Nadia Badrawi, President of the Arab Network for Quality Assurance and Accreditation (ANQAHE), the Consortium for Benchmarking Framework members and all strategic partners for their unwavering support in the establishment and growth of the Consortium. In order to create a prosperous and sustainable community, we believe that it is imperative to improve our learners’ educational journey. As part of the latest webinar, HBMSU effectively reiterated the strategic importance of the ‘Benchmarking Framework for Online, Open, Smart, and Technology-enhanced Higher Education’ in strengthening the prospects for inter-institutional cooperation and maintaining the highest standards in online higher education.”

Prof. Moustafa Hassan, Vice Chancellor of International Cooperation at HBMSU, said: “The global implementation of the Benchmarking Framework offers new methods for evaluating and ensuring the quality of online, open and smart higher education. This simplifies the application of quality standards for online, open, smart, and technology-enhanced education, further making it easier to comprehend its advantages and scope. We believe the webinar provided an excellent opportunity for institutions and stakeholders to evaluate the benchmarking framework and develop strategies for further enhancing the model in the future.”