Benchmarking Tools for Good Governance in Arab Universities

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Benchmarking has become an invaluable tool for institutional reform in Arab universities. Benchmarking is in fact viewed as an important instrument in transforming Arab universities to become an efficient and effective device in fulfilling Arab aspirations especially producing employable graduates and promoting knowledge and innovation-based economies. Several initiatives have been launched to scope the landscape of current governance practices in Arab higher education and efforts have been exerted to overcome challenges, identify strengths, weaknesses and areas for reform. The magnitude and impact of Arab, European and international projects on measuring governance effectiveness and introducing a benchmarking culture in Arab universities can already be felt and seen as demonstrated by the examples presented.


First name Last name Gender Rank Affiliated Institution Country
Karma Hassan Female Associate Professor American University of Beirut Lebanon

Bio: Associate Professor of Educational Psychology Measurement and Evaluation at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and Director of the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment (OIRA) at the University. Has extensive experience in teaching, undergraduate and graduate courses, training, and research in area of expertise. Has conducted and supervised research in test development/adaptation, validation, and use. As Director of OIRA, engaged in institutional assessment, development of annual assessment plans, and preparations for accreditation, program, and peer review in higher education. Participated and presented in local, regional, and international conferences on modern assessment, assessment in higher education, criterion of quality, conditions for student success, quality of student life, and language policies. Has published in international and regional journals and books in areas of expertise. A member of local, regional, and international organizations involved with educational research, assessment, and quality, as well as the Basic Education Strategic Planning Committee, the National Task Force for Governance in Higher Education in Lebanon. and the R4R Research Project. As UNESCO Consultant since 2007, has prepared several country and regional reports and conducted assessment studies.

Sultan Abu Orabi Male

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Abdallah Al-Zoubi Male

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