Egypt Finalizes National Accreditation Process

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In May, the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE) in Egypt granted its first institutional accreditation to The Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University. FAIMER Fellow Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007) is a faculty member and heads the Medical Education Department at Suez Canal University. Egypt’s national accreditation process focuses on two main principles: mission-based assessment (institutional capacity), and outcome-based assessment (educational effectiveness). NAQAAE performs multiple pre-accreditation and accreditation site visits to the institution throughout the process.

NAQAAE was established by law in 2006 and by presidential decree in 2007. Over the past two years, it has developed national standards for every discipline in higher education, working through government-funded accreditation projects and in collaboration with The World Bank.

NAQAAE’s predecessor, the National Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committee (NQAAC), worked for five years to spread quality assurance plans among higher education institutions, prepared the national law for accreditation and sought its endorsement by Egyptian parliament, and laid the groundwork for the independent body that became NAQAAE. Dr. Talaat served as a member of NQAAC.

For more information on Egypt’s accreditation system and the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education, visit