Ensuring quality of offshore programmes: views and expectations of key stakeholders in Oman

CHENG, Ming and AL SHUKAILI, Jokha (2022). Ensuring quality of offshore programmes: views and expectations of key stakeholders in Oman. Quality in Higher Education, 1-19.

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Developing offshore programmes provided by private higher education institutions through affiliation agreements with international university partners is a key strategy to assure the quality of programmes in the Sultanate of Oman. However, there is limited research on these programmes from the perspectives of Ministry of Higher Education officials, managers, academics and students of private higher education institutions. This study uses gap analysis to explore these key stakeholders’ expectations and perceptions of the quality of offshore programmes in Oman. It reveals that dependence on International University Partners to monitor their offshore programmes compromises quality because local academics have limited involvement in developing programmes and students get limited feedback on their coursework. Students’ lack of English proficiency also makes them struggle with offshore programme requirements. Key stakeholders argue for embedding Omani cultural values in the offshore programmes without compromising their academic qualification credentials and enhancing students’ learning experience to become global citizens.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems; Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13538322.2021.2024273
Page Range: 1-19
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 09:48
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 09:47
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30815

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