The vision of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh is to be the best university in Bangladesh and a leader in South Asia. It aims to transform education by consistently providing high-quality learning experiences. It is committed to excellence and innovation in learning and teaching; continuously improves its learning environment; and reviews and updates its curricula. It is supportive of the aspirations of students and the needs of society.
Given these, ULAB has given priority to quality education. In fact, four years after its inception, it has co-founded the Educational Quality Assurance Foundation (EQAF), which is a quality assurance initiative of private universities. For ULAB, quality in education is not a matter of compliance with government policies and regulations; it should be integrated with education activities where we plan, do, check and act to achieve continuous improvement.
ULAB’s quality assurance activities are not limited to the UGC HEQEP Project on establishing institutional quality assurance cells. It is also in the process of seeking ISO 9001: 2008 Certification. It has taken steps towards recognition from international accreditation bodies and has become a member of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN).
ULAB’s Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) manages and oversees policies and procedures to assure the standards of its awards and the quality of learning opportunities and to support the enhancement of learning and teaching. It is responsible for ensuring that ULAB’s quality assurance policies and procedures are robust and effective in maintaining and monitoring the standards of its academic awards and in supporting the enhancement of the student learning experience. It manages key quality assurance processes, including curriculum design and approval; programme self-assessment reports and improvement plans; student and stakeholder feedback systems; and periodic internal and external reviews and audits.
The IQAC works closely with academic and administrative departments across the university, particularly the internal audit team, ISO core team, self-assessment committees and the quality assurance committee. It provides information and guidance on quality assurance, primarily through the policies and procedures. It also offers information, training and advice to staff and faculty members on the different processes relating to quality assurance in education.
Prof. Jude William Genilo