Professor Dr. Eberhard Menzel, president of the management board of AQAS, had the pleasure to hand over the first certificate for an Institutional Accreditation abroad to Professor Dr. Abdullah Al-Kindi, the Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) at Sultan Qaboos University (Oman). An international panel of experts visited the University in April 2016 assessed CASS based on criteria reflecting the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) and confirmed that they found a well organized and very ambitious institution. The experts concluded that the QA system of CASS is based on well-defined processes and there is no doubt that a quality culture is present on all levels of the college. For the panel of experts it was obvious that CASS is well aware of the relevance of the learning and teaching process and that the academic staff is ambitious to provide a high academic level to students. Prof. Menzel pointed out that the achievement of all members of the college is great and that the result of the accreditation procedure is impressive. He expressed his good wishes for the future developments and activities of CASS.