Dr. Naushad, highlighted the importance of recognizing research led teaching in assessing quality of higher education institutions at International Conference on Social Research and Innovation 2018 held at Villa College. In his presentation, Dr.Naushad mentioned that the current work of conducting internal audit of higher education institutions by Maldives Qualification Authority, is a basic requirement to assess whether higher education institutions have the capacity, resources and expertise to offer their programs. However, it is also important to give recognition to faculty staff who is engaged in conducting academic research which enables higher education institutions to offer research led teaching.