Quality Assurance of Islamic Higher Education has become a serious concern among the Islamic countries as members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In 2008, during The Fourth Islamic Conference of Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of Islamic World (AQAAIW) or Islamic QA was initiated. The main objective was to strengthen the governance and management of quality assurance of higher education in country members of OIC. Further on the 36th Session of Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC Damascus in 2009, a proposal to network the OIC members on quality assurance of higher education was presented and further responded in a form of Kuala Lumpur Declaration. As much as 21 country members of OIC conducted an extraordinary roundtable meeting in Kazakhtan to put the issue of quality assurance in to action. As of 2013, the structure of QA Islamic has been completed with its president, vice president, and board members.
Started in 2016, the QA Islamic has initiated the first international conference on Islamic quality assurance. The conference was organized by Indonesian National Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (NAAHE) together with Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah (UIN Jakarta) and Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim (UIN Malang).
The conference is dedicated to discuss and to share issues and experiences on quality assurance at Islamic higher education across the Muslim countries. It is also an excellent forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results relating to a concrete framework for developing quality assurance at Islamic Higher Education across the globe. It aims to produce critical and substantial contributions of Islamic higher education to develop the quality of Islamic higher education. Some experts and prominent speakers are invited to the conference along with the participants selected to present their papers in accordance with special themes.
Realizing the significant influence, the conference has been decided to be officially held every year. The 2nd conference was in Jakarta and then followed by the 3rd in Malang. This year, on the 27th – 30th of October 2019, is the Fourth International Conference on Quality Assurance of Islamic Higher Education and will be held in Jakarta. In addition to the Indonesian Board of National Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (BAN-PT),
Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah (UIN Jakarta) and Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim (UIN Malang), Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) Yogyakarta is involved in organizing the conference. The theme of this conference is “Quality Assurance for Higher Education 4.0 in the Islamic World: Learning from the Past and Meeting the Future Challenges”.
The 2019 conference will bring about some concerns on the development and implementation of quality assurance at Islamic higher education institution particularly related to past experiences, as well as current and future challenges. The issues and strategic plans of Islamic higher education in facing modern technology are the main discussion. Thoughts, ideas and research results are expected to be shared in this forum to offer an applicable solution for developing and implementing quality assurance at Islamic higher education particularly in the era of 4.0.