From Internal Evaluation in Medical Education to National Agency for Quality Assurance in Iran Higher Education: Challenges and Perspectives
Strides in Development of Medical Education: January 31, 2010, 6 (1); e59457
July 15, 2009
Article Type: Review Article
August 05, 2017
January 14, 2009
A . From Internal Evaluation in Medical Education to National Agency for Quality Assurance in Iran Higher Education: Challenges and Perspectives,
Strides Dev Med Educ.
Background: Quality of higher education has been drawing more attention over the past two
decades. Hence, concerted efforts have been increasingly made to assess and improve higher
education quality worldwide. Some of these attempts have led to establishing local, national and
international organizations for assessment and accreditation. Based on the above, this study is
discussing the answer to the question concerning “To what extent attempts towards quality
assessment in Iran have been directed to establish a national agency for assessment and
accreditation?”. To address this question, first ground breaking experiences experience of Iran in this
regard are described. Then, international experiences and challenges of building a national quality
assessment and accreditation in higher education system in general, and in medical education in
particular, are reviewed. Finally, perspectives of establishing Iranian Universities Quality Network
Conclusion: Institution building in assessment and accreditation would help strengthening of
ownership of quality assurance in faculty members; as a result, continuous quality assessment and
improvement of higher education would become an integral part of higher education system.
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