• Quality Assurance and Accreditation
  • UNWTO.TedQual Accreditation
  • AQAS Accreditation
  • Operational Plan
  • Tourism Department has been firstly accredited by the UNWTO.TedQual in 2013 for two years.
  • The UNWTO.TedQual was then renewed in 2015 until September 2018.
  • Tourism Department has been as well accredited by AQAS in July 2016 until July 2021.

Tourism Department holds accreditation from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO TedQual)

Since its establishment in 2000, the Tourism Department at the College of Arts and Social Sciences has been striving to found a firm reputation for excellence in tourism education and to determinately fulfill the department vision, to be one of the leading and reputable tourism programs in the Gulf region by the year 2015. In May 2013, a significant step was made on the Department's long trajectory of educational excellence and leadership. This step was the Department's reception of the UNWTO TedQual certification for its undergraduate program as the first Tourism Department in the Middle East to receive this recognition.

The UNWTO TedQual is a well-recognized tourism education accreditation system which contributes to the quality and efficiency of tourism education, training and research. It proposes a methodology and a set of voluntary standards with a universal scope aiming mainly to establish a standard of quality for tourism education as well as to smooth the way towards greater pedagogic productivity in tourism. Receiving the TedQual certification allows the Department several privileges including but not limited to:
    Inclusion of the Dept. in the TedQual exchange programmes for students and professors’ internship, scholarship opportunities, joint research projects, and scientific publication.
    International promotion of the department and its programmes through the UNWTO’s various communication tools and mechanisms.
    Membership of the TedQual Network – a platform where Institutions share knowledge, good practices and technical support.
    Use of the TedQual logo on official stationery and promotional materials.
    Participation in the TedQual worldwide annual event.
    Reception of support for organizing and hosting scientific events such as conferences and workshops.

Finally, this accomplishment could not have been achieved without the sincere unified efforts of all those who have been involved. To all of them, we wish to extend our sincere appreciation and gratefulness.

Quality Assurance Plan:
Tourism Department Quality Assurance Plan
Code of Ethics:
Code of Ethics Implementation Plan



AQAS – Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes – is an independent non-profit organisation, supported by more than 85 member institutions, both higher education institutions (HEIs) and academic associations. Since 2002, the agency has been accredited by the German Accreditation Council (GAC). It is therefore a notified body for accreditation of higher education institutions and programmes in Germany. AQAS is a full member of ENQA and also listed in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) which confirms that our procedures comply with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG), on which all Bologna countries agreed as a basis for internal and external quality assurance. AQAS is an institution founded by and working for higher education institutions and academic associations. The agency is devoted to quality assurance and quality development of both academic studies and teaching in Higher Education Institutions. The activities of AQAS in accreditation are neither restrained to specific academic disciplines or degrees nor to a certain type of Higher Education Institution.

After in-site visit, AQAS accredited the department for five year to end on the 30th of September 2021.

AQAS Report