Affiliation Policy

PIBU is an international higher institution of learning legally and officially established in Republic of Benin, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Dubai, Poland, Dublin full-fledge university status in 2016. This has attracted several colleges and universities both local and foreign to apply, sought or established affiliation and partnership status with PIBU. This system has developed without any formal University affiliations policy being in place. In the light of this, and the current pressure to extend affiliation to institutions operating in other fields, the need to have in the system a formal policy has become necessary. The purpose of this document is to set out an affiliation policy.

This policy offers guidelines for institutions that wish to be affiliated to PIBU Republic of Benin or any other country PIBU located or established or to have their programmes validated by it. The policy is intended
to: provide a strategic framework to enable the University to effectively utilize its resources to extend its current system of affiliation in response to demand.

Statuses

PIBU shall continue its affiliation agreements with colleges within and outside the boundaries of existing resources. According to PIBU policy on Affiliation and Recognition of Colleges and Institutions: the University:

  • May admit to affiliation with it or to any of its privileges a College or an Institution or the members of students of the College or Institution in the manner and on the terms and conditions determined by the Council.
  • May at any time terminate or modify the terms of the affiliation, granting of privilege or recognition.
  • Although a subject may not be taught in the University, the University may recognize a College or an Institution in which the subject is taught and recognize the subject as a subject for degrees in the University.
  • The Registrar shall maintain a register of the affiliated Colleges and Institutions and shall submit an annual report to the Council on the affiliated Colleges and Institutions.

Principles

PIBU shall enter into a new or renewed affiliation agreement only if the agreement:

  1. Facilitates the achievement of the goals and mission of both PIBU and the requesting college;
  2. Demonstrates achievement of established academic, administrative, financial, facilities and support criteria; c. Does not result in costs to PIBU
  3. All costs for review of a new or renewal proposal for affiliation by the requesting college shall be borne by that institution. This shall include costs for site visits, meetings, reports and legal services.

Procedures

New affiliation agreements and major modifications of existing affiliation agreements shall be established by the University Council upon recommendation by Academic Board.

Requests for new and renewed affiliation agreements shall be initiated by the institution requesting affiliation and shall be made to the Chancellor, Vice chancellor and Registrar.

Should the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Registrar decide to proceed with a full review, the following steps shall occur:

1. Establishment of an affiliation review team composed as follows:

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Three (3) members: the Vice Chancellor (Chair) and two (2) members of the academic staff from Faculties representing areas which would be involved in the affiliation (recommended by the Deans of the respective
Faculties).

Academic Board

1 member appointed by the Board.

Requesting College

Resource persons appointed by and from the requesting
college.

1. Initial meeting to gather information.
2. On-site visits by the affiliation review team and three to five PIBU faculty
members who are not members of the affiliation review team.
3. Review of materials and reports by site visitors.
4. Recommendation by the affiliation review team to:

  • The Faculty Board
  • The Academic Board
  • The Council of PIBU and the requesting college.

5. Preparation of legal affiliation agreements and documents. Proposals for modifications of existing affiliation arrangements may also be put forward by Affiliation Liaison Committee as an outgrowth of its monitoring of the implementation of existing affiliation agreements. Such proposals shall be discussed with college representatives, and thereafter, if they represent proposals for major modifications, follow the  steps outlined above

Monitoring

Provisions shall be made periodic monitoring and for a through assessment from time to time, of the implementation of all affiliation agreements. Such monitoring will be concerned with examination of the several courses, facilities, instructors, procedures, and the like, with the aim of ensuring that standards acceptable to the University are maintained in courses offered for University transfer by the college.

A thorough assessment, as above, shall be undertaken five years after initiation of a new affiliation agreement, and thereafter at ten year intervals, or sooner at the behest of either the College or the
University. Any proposals for change growing out of the above monitoring process shall be
discussed between appropriate representatives of the College and the University, and resolved by negotiation if possible. If any substantive differences remain unresolved by negotiation, the party(ies) requiring resolution shall give notice requesting an Evaluation Committee, constituted and mandated
by the Academic Board.

General Institution Requirements

An institution affiliated with PIBU should meet these General Institutional Requirements.

Mission

It should have a mission statement, formally adopted by the governing board and made public, declaring that it is an institution of higher education.

1. It is a degree-granting institution.

Authorization

1. It has legal authorization to grant its degrees, and it meets all the legal requirements to operate as an institution activities.
2. It has legal documents to confirm its status: not-for-profit, for-profit, or
public.

Governance

1. It has governing board that possesses and exercises necessary legal power to establish and exercises necessary legal power to establish and review basic policies that govern the institution.
2. Its governing board includes public members and is sufficiently autonomous from the administration and ownership to assure the integrity of the institution.
3. It has an executive officer designated by the governing board to provide administrative leadership for the institution.
4. Its governing board authorizes the institution’s affiliation with the University.

Faculty

It employs a faculty that has earned from accredited institutions the degrees appropriate to the level of instruction offered by the institution.

1. A sufficient number of faculty are full-time employees of the institution.
2. Its faculty has a significant role in developing and evaluating all of the
institution’s educational programs.

Educational Program

1. It confers degrees.
2. It has degree programs in operation, with students enrolled in them.
3. Its degree programs are compatible with the institution’s mission and are based on recognized fields of study at the higher education level.
4. Its degrees are appropriately named, following practices common to institutions of higher education in terms of both length and content of the programs.
5. Its undergraduate degree programmes include a coherent general education requirement consistent with the institution’s mission and designed to ensure
breadth of knowledge and to promote intellectual inquiry.
6. It has admission policies and practices that are consistent with the educational programs.
7. It provides its students access requisite for its degree programs.

Finances

It has an external financial audit by a certified public accountant or a public audit agency at least every two years.
1. Its financial documents demonstrate the appropriate allocation and use of resources to support its educational programs.
2. Its financial practices, records, and reports demonstrate fiscal viability.

Public Information

Its catalogue or other official documents include its mission statement along with accurate description of:
Its educational programs and degree requirements;
Its learning resources;
Its admissions policies and practices and procedures directly affecting students;
Its charges and refund policies; and
The academic credentials of its faculty and administrators.

1. It accurately discloses its standing with accrediting bodies with which it is affiliated.
2. It makes available upon request, information that accurately describes its financial condition.

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