Al Hussein Fund for Excellence
Assessment of HE Programmes

The HFE completed 9 review cycles in which 83 programmes in 7 different academic disciplines from 17 different Jordanian universities and 7 intermediate colleges were reviewed.


Subjects reviewed included:

  • Computer Science (Round 1), Academic Year 2001/2002, in 10 universities.
  • Computer Science (Round 2), Academic Year 2003/2004, in 8 universities.
  • Business Administration (Round 1), Academic Year 2004, in 7 universities.
  • Business Administration (Round 2), Academic Year 2005, in 5 universities.
  • Law, Academic Year 2006, in 8 universities.
  • Nursing, Academic Year 2006, in 6 universities and 7 community colleges.
  • Accounting, Academic Year 2006, in 11 universities.
  • English Language and Literature, Academic Year 2008, in 10 universities.
  • Banking and Finance, Academic Year 2008, in 11 universities.


The method used for review is a modified version of the Academic Subject Review as developed for implementation in 2000 by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the United Kingdom (QAA – UK). Full details of the process of the subject review together with the criteria adopted can be found in the HFE Subject Review Handbook. The Project included workshops, for representatives of participating universities, on writing self-evaluation reports and on external reviews. External universities reviews were carried out by international reviewers from QAA_UK and from the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education (CQAIE), Washington – USA.


Academic subject reviews are evidence-based and were conducted according to the published Handbook. They place responsibility on the universities to evaluate and report on the academic standards of their programmes of study and the quality of learning opportunities.


During the implementation phase, the HFE works side by side with universities in Jordan, their presidents, quality assurance officers and their quality assurance experts aiming at building the required capacities in the field of quality assurance at both the institutional and academic subject levels.


Upon the completion of each subject review cycle, the HFE provides each participating university, in confidence; with a report of its programme’s quality review results. The report sheds light on the points of strength, weakness and recommendations presented by the reviewers to the academic subject provider that may help to develop and improve the quality of the reviewed programme.


 All individual reports are then summarized in a national overview report on the collective common outcomes of the academic subject review, keeping the results of each university's review anonymous. This national overview Report depicts common patterns and common areas of needed improvement and reform that would require and benefit from close consultation and collaboration at the national level. 


All overview reports have been collected, edited and published in Overview Report: Assessment of a Selected Number of Academic Programmes in Higher Education Institutions in Jordan”. 


The HFE presented to universities that excelled in each review cycle the “HFE Award for Academic Excellence”, which comprises of a trophy and a financial reward.


Publications related to Assessment of HE Programmes:

  • The HFE published a "Subject Review Handbook" in Arabic and English Language during year 2005. The review handbook consists of the quality assurance review criteria adopted by the HFE in addition to templates that programme reviewers and participating universities can refer to during the review process. The quality assurance criteria adopted by the HFE are based on a customized version of those that were issued by the Quality Assurance Agency in the United Kingdom during year 2000.


  •  The HFE published in January 2012 an overview report of the outcomes of the review cycles conducted by the HFE over the last ten years.
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