The Challenges of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Afghanistan: A Policy Implementation Analysis


  • Sayed Ahmad Javid Mussawy PhD Candidate



Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Higher Education, International Higher Education, Sensemaking and Sensegiving, Policy Implementation Analysis


The quest for quality has evolved as a major concern for higher education institutions (HEIs) in developing world. A majority of these countries have adopted quality assurance and accreditation (QAA) policies in order to improve the quality of higher education services. However, implementation of QAA has generated diverse responses among different types of HEIs as their mission and scope of work vary from one another. As a result, implementing a QAA in a public HEI is not a straightforward process.  The current research examines the challenges faced by public universities in Afghanistan as they implement a QAA system. More specifically, the study investigates how sensemaking and sensegiving occur as QAA is implemented at teaching vs. research universities, and ways that key-informants at various institutions make use of sensemaking and sensegiving as a tool to interpret the policy.


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Author Biography

Sayed Ahmad Javid Mussawy, PhD Candidate

Javid Mussawy is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He comes from Afghanistan where he worked at Baghlan University from 2006-2015. At Baghlan he served as the vice-chancellor for academic affairs from 2010-2015. Previously he was the chair of the English department and taught research and English linguistics. He also worked as a consultant providing teaching services to the Baghlan Public Health Institution, Aga Khan Foundation, GIZ, and private universities.  In 2011, he established the Naw-Andishan Educational Center (NAEC) for youth, aged 12-19 years.

Javid's research interests include higher education quality, quality assurance and accreditation, policy development and analysis, and leadership and management in higher education


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How to Cite

Mussawy, S. A. J. (2020). The Challenges of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Afghanistan: A Policy Implementation Analysis . Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 11(Winter), 72–76.



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