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The Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission  was established in 2002 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Higher Education by Ministerial decree No (2). The decree entrusted the commission with all the Ministry’s powers and privileges granted by Higher Education Law (11) of 1998 regarding the quality of Palestinian higher education institutions and their academic programs.

In 28/8/ 2012, the Cabinet of Ministers issued a decree re-establishing the Commission and granting it financial and administrative independence and appointed a temporary board chaired by the minister of higher education mandated to formulate a law for AQAC to regulate its operations.

Since its establishment, AQAC is the only official body authorized to license HEIs and accredit their educational programs in Palestine. The Commission has a number of important steps towards the institutionalization of licensure and accreditation, including in addition to networking with similar Commissions, developing manuals and instructions for the licensure and accreditation and taking the initiative in spreading the culture of quality in higher education institutions.

AQAC is headed by director general who is responsible for managing, planning, developing, implementing and coordinating all operational activities and related resources of AQAC and has a commission council formed upon the recommendation of the Minister and the endorsement of the Council of Ministers.  AQAC’s council is composed of fifteen members of academics, professionals, and representatives of the public sector with the experienced and knowledgeable in the evaluation processes to ensure the quality of higher education in its various disciplines.

This comprehensive manual presents AQAC’s policies, procedures, and standards for the development of higher education and improving the quality of its output, The manual is designed to fit with the current and future functions of AQAC in a harmonized and streamlined modality making it functions smoothly and effectively, and to strengthen the capacity of institutions of higher education to improve and develop higher education inputs and outputs.