1) The 1st Academic Advising Committee meeting for the academic year 2022-2023:
The Academic Advising Committee at the International University for Science and Technology met on 09/02/2023, under the chairmanship of Professor Dr. Ahmed Al-Manadili – Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chairman of the Committee, and in the presence of each of the members: Dr. Joseph Georgy – Director of the Quality Assurance and Academic Accreditation Department / Dr. Amer. Al-Hamid, representing the College of Dentistry / Dr. Yara Al-Taweel, representing the College of Pharmacy / Eng. Magda Al-Hassan, representing the College of Engineering and Technology / Eng. Ola Al-Damni, representing the College of Architecture / Mr. Abdullah Reda, representing the College of Arts and Sciences / Colleague Ali Aoun, representing the National Union Branch For Syrian students. The meeting addressed a number of important issues that ensure the provision of academic services to university students according to the best standards and with high quality. At the top of the proposals was the necessity of creating specific units for academic guidance at the level of the university’s faculties and its various departments, whose function is to provide special guidance cadres from members of educational bodies to answer all precise inquiries. Regarding the courses that must be registered or withdrawn during the semester, assisting struggling students whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.00 points, and notifying them of their academic status, such as warnings, entry into remedial study, or exhaustion. In addition to emphasizing the creation of a unified and organized formula for warnings of deprivation from a course, then implementing the deprivation according to fixed dates and timetables and an approved mechanism, and achieving special models for justifying absence and the make-up exam. The attendees also discussed submitting a proposal to create a special window for academic advising on the university’s official website and presenting the most common academic questions that students might face, along with their answers, in accordance with the ministerial decisions and laws regulating the university’s work. The meeting concluded by developing a number of general recommendations and an action plan that ensures a qualitative leap in developing academic procedures for the next academic year and improving their reality based on continuous evaluation, avoiding risks, and moving forward on the path to excellence.