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Dr. Mrs Jemimah Timothy Ekanem

Director

Historical perspective

Quality Assurance as a Directorate was established by the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eno James Ibanga in 2016 with the core mandate to administer and facilitate the operations of Akwa Ibom State University’s Quality assurance and Improvement of policies, procedures and adherence to standard practices for the overall benefit of the University system. Professor Ijeoma A. Archibong was the first Director from January to December 2016 and Dr. Edet William Nsi was appointed to succeed her in March, 2017. Dr. (mrs) Jemimah Timothy Ekanem is the third in series having been duly appointed in February 1, 2020.



Structure of the directorate

Quality Assurance Directorate (QAD) is an integral part of the Vice Chancellor’s office and it is headed by a Director. It has quality assurance representatives from each Department and Faculty, who work with the Director in achieving the set standards for the University. The Director, Quality Assurance (QA) is the chairman of implementation/monitoring committee for the strategic plan of the University. The Directorate is structured along two major Units: The Standards Compliance and Enforcement Unit and Staff/Student Evaluation and Development Unit.

Vision and mission

Vision Statement: to inculcate and promote the culture of quality in the businesses of all stakeholders of the University in order to achieve competitive advantage in the higher education sector

Quality assurance operations


Quality assurance (QA) is a whole process whereby standards are maintained; it is a regulatory mechanism that focuses on accountability and improvements to give guarantee to stakeholders that goods and services will consistently meet standard; it is a process that offers satisfaction in terms of standards, to stakeholders. In the University context, QA entails a variety of procedures intended to improve/promote learning conditions and protect academic standards.

To provide such assurance, a system of quality management is necessary. Part of this system will be quality control, whereby conformity with standards is checked and steps are taken if conformity is not achieved. The quality management system may be checked to see if it actually exists and works; this is a quality audit. The products or services may be checked externally to see if standards are being met; this is quality assessment. There must be a commitment to improvement and development; this entails quality improvement or enhancement.

On the whole, the Unit is responsible for monitoring quality performance, through assessment and evaluation of the university’s activities on regular basis, in order to receive feedbacks for amelioration and thus promote productivity and development.

Director's Responsibility

  • Draw up quality Assurance policy guidelines for the University
  • Ensure the development, maintenance and sustenance of ‘quality culture’ in the University
  • Ensure that University Policies are in agreement with globally accepted quality assurance standards