CLICKS Signs an MoU with the Higher Education Academy in the UK to Support Quality and Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the United Kingdom. The MoU which was signed earlier this month comes as part of the continuous efforts of the Center to support quality and excellence in teaching and learning across universities and colleges within the Arab Region.
The MoU will provide a great opportunity to support professional development for faculty members and teaching staff. In addition, it will encourage the transfer of best practices and ‘know-how’ and enable the undertaking of collaborative work and research to support the higher education community within the region.
Dr. Narimane Hadj-Hamou, CEO of CLICKS said “we are delighted to enter this collaboration with the HEA, and feel that this will present a great opportunity for us to work together to better serve the region. Our collaboration covers a range of activities including offering joint public and tailored capacity building programs serving not only faculty and teaching staff but also leaders of higher education responsible for driving and continuously improving the quality of teaching and learning and the overall students’ experience. The scope of work will also involve helping universities, colleges and authorities with developing strategies, frameworks and standards to govern the quality of teaching and learning”.
Dr Mark Jones, Director HEA services on the other hand said “The Higher Education Academy is delighted to sign this MOU with Clicks as we seek to expand our collaborative partnerships in the MENA region and raise awareness of the ways we support universities to raise teaching quality standards.”
About the HEA
The UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an agency that supports excellent learning and teaching in higher education. It is a national, independent organisation, funded by the UK government and by subscriptions from higher education institutions in the UK and overseas. It is committed to improving the student learning experience by raising the status of teaching, enhancing professional teaching practice and maintaining networks and communities engaged with teaching enhancement. It works in partnership with universities, their staff and students, sector agencies and funding bodies to support both institutions and individuals to raise quality standards.
Central to the work of the HEA is the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for learning and teaching in higher education. The UKPSF helps institutions link their professional development programmes with best practice in the area of teaching and learning support. It is used to support discussions about teaching, to inform institutional policy and practice around career progression, promotion and in the reward and recognition of individual teachers.