Internal Quality Assurance Committee

Intercollege (Nicosia Campus) founded an Internal Quality Assurance Committee (IQAC) on May 23, 2014. The aim and purpose of the IQAC is constant self-evaluation, as well as the quality adjustment and/or upgrading of the academic regulations across the different programmes of study offered at the College. The qualitative harmonization in vocational education is a key priority for the IQAC, which evaluates and continuously adjusts the modern quality assurance practices across the different College structures.

Intercollege (Nicosia Campus) acted proactively in 2014 when it established the IQAC, which helped provide a sound groundwork for the smooth implementation of the requirements set by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (DIPAE).

Scope of Work

The IQAC is appointed every two (2) years by the Executive Director on the recommendation of the Directors Council, within the framework and provisions of the relevant legislation governing DIPAE. The Director of the Academic Affairs Office is appointed Chair of the Committee. The composition of the IQAC may change, depending on the directions (legal conformity framework) that will be provided by DIPAE.

The IQAC is the only official qualified College entity that reserves the right to carry out continuous audits and create mechanisms with a view of ensuring and continuously upgrading the quality & transparency within the College.

The IQAC coordinates the preparation and submission of special self-assessment reports submitted to DIPAE for external audit purposes, as well as general assessment reports concerning the College including quality indicators.

The IQAC reserves the right to monitor all sectors of the College without exception and carry out continuous checks to confirm that internal standards and regulatory legislation are being followed and help reinforce the transparency of College procedures. The IQAC meetings take place at regular intervals. The decisions made during the meetings are binding and concern the continuous enhancement of quality with respect to the services offered by the College. All decisions are taken with the view of directing all College processes/procedures towards quality betterment. The IQAC invites representatives from the different College offices/departments for information briefings and the exchange of views for improvement.

When necessary, the IQAC reserves the right to designate ad-hoc subcommittees to handle any necessary procedures and/or reach the appropriate conclusions regarding the functionality and compliance of the different College sections.

The IQAC has an appointed an Internal Auditor (IA) who is responsible for organizing and maintaining an annual audit plan. The IQAC expects to be duly informed of the various audit results and the calculated rates of compliance and/or non-compliance. Additionally, the IQAC has established four (4) Sectors: Culinary, Aesthetics, Technical and Maritime, reflecting the academic relevance of the programmes offered. Two (2) Sectoral Auditors are appointed in order to overview each Sector’s compliance reflecting the overall IQAC procedures and policies.

All programmes of study are monitored through completion of annual monitoring & evaluation reports and organised annual meetings during which members of the IQAC are present.

Composition of the IQAC (term 2023-2025)

Mr Kyriacos Patsalides Director of Academic Affairs – Chair
Ms Sotia Paphiti Internal Quality Assurance Auditor
Ms Christina Hadjicosti Senior Academic Affairs Officer
Ms Chrysa Papaioannou Lecturer
Ms Georgia Koula Academic Affairs Officer
Ms Andri Demetriou Lecturer
Ms Maria Charitou Lecturer