Through careful academic planning it has become a major provider of higher education in Yemen, standing head-to-head even with major public universities.
It has a modern teaching hospital which also provides medical care to the public. It’s Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, (AACSB). In cooperation with foreign universities, it runs degree programs at undergraduate and graduate levels. Its own academic programs have seen expansion, and it now has eight faculties: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Pharmacy - Faculty of Dentistry - Faculty of Administrative Sciences - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences -Faculty of Open Education -and Faculty of Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research.
The establishment of the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research underlines the emphasis and focus on developing human potential in Yemen. USTY believes that for Yemen to change, it must have trained human resources at higher levels. For now it has 3 programs at doctoral level and 15 programs at Masters level. With active research by the academic staff and work done by graduate students for their masters or doctoral thesis, USTY would eventually attain the rank of a Research University.
University of Science and Technology Yemen also has five branches throughout Yemen, a special branch for girls in Sana’a as USTY offers separate education for both girls and boys, and sixteen learning, research and consultation centres. It also has several coordinating learning offices worldwide which supports it Distance Learning programs.
It revamped its academic programs to be current, introduced a Foundation year, as well as a set of university courses to give a balanced perspective to the students. USTY emphasizes the use of both Arabic and English as it sees the two languages becoming very important in the near future.
The USTY has facilities for students to engage in recreation and sports.
The concept of quality was addressed early by USTY in 1999 when the unit of quality was established. It was the first unit in the country concerning academic quality. Now it is called Quality Assurance and Accreditation Management. (QAAM)). The aim of QAAM in USTY is to enhance the educational service quality and develop the service delivery procedures including all components of the educational system in USTY such as teaching, curricula, staff, students, infrastructure, equipment, regulations, operations, and administration. Currently, QAAM is comprised of 4 units in the head office and 9 units in 8 colleges and the Girls’ Branch. In 2004, the Steering Council of Quality has been established in USTY to figure out the strategies and polices of the USTY quality.
In the field of accreditation, USTY recently launched the project of international accreditation and three pilot programs are ready to register for the international accreditation by 2014. These programs are Pharmacy, Computer Science and Business Administration. When these three pilot programs are accredited, the rest of programs in USTY should follow the same process to be accredited in couple of years. Quality is important to USTY, as it is our duty and responsibility to give the best to our students. We may be lacking in some areas, and we stand corrected, but we will improve, for without quality, we are nothing.
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