Higher education forms the basis of knowledge society, a comprehensive system of creativity and innovation, which are very critical for attaining rapid socioeconomic development. In Bangladesh the scope of higher education is expanding fast in both public and private sectors. The government, UGC and the universities feel an increasing need to look at the quality and standard of higher education. Fostering global competence through quality education needs the values of quest for excellence through the development of benchmarks of excellences, good practices in higher education and institutionalization of continuous improvement process. UGC is responding positively to these challenges and is committed to change the higher education landscape through establishing IQAC at the university level. The establishment of an IQAC is an indispensable first step towards the development of internal quality assurance system in a university. The general objective of IQAC is to promote a quality enhancement culture within the university by ensuring that the academic units adopt and implement QA standards and benchmarked quality criteria.
For the initial period the IQAC shall be established with the financial assistance from HEQEP. However, the IQACs shall become a permanent organ of the universities and their operations will be sustained and maintained under the revenue budget of the institution. For this purpose, universities will prepare a succession plan during the project period with the objectives of its continuity. For the purpose of a dynamic and effective IQAC the concerned university must take initiative to increase the availability of experienced and competent academics.
IQAC, USTC has started its activity since June 2016. The prime task of IQAC USTC is to develop a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic improvement in the performance of institutions. IQAC USTC is working to ensure continuous improvement in the entire operations of the institution, and assuring all the stakeholders connected with higher education: namely students, parents, and teachers, staff, funding agencies and society in general for the establishment of a Quality Culture in this renowned Higher Education Institution founded by Honorable National Professor Dr Nurul Islam. We wish to work to achieve the dream of the Founder Vice Chancellor of USTC to establish the Institution as one of the centers of excellence in higher education in South East Asia
Dr. Aninda Kumar Nath
Institutional Quality Assurance Cell
University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC)
To build and ensure a quality culture with conscious, reliable and transparent efforts through a combination of self and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives.