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Wisconsin International University College Launches School of Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Programme

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Wisconsin Nursing picsWisconsin International University College, Ghana, a member of the AAU,  has launched its School of Nursing and its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programme at an Inauguration Ceremony on Monday, 9th May, 2016.

The Ceremony, which took place at the University College’s main campus in North Legon, was attended by dignitaries from the Ghana Health Service, nursing and medical professionals, management, staff and students of Wisconsin.

Delivering the keynote address, the guest speaker, Prof Ahmed Adu-Oppong, Dean of the School of Nursing, at the University of Cape Coast, said: “Ghana needs to develop to provide quality healthcare for its populace.“To do so, it must explore new trends in modern healthcare delivery so as to develop appropriate interventions in this sector.”

Prof Adu-Oppong added that nurses trained at Wisconsin would be extremely fortunate as they would have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities as well as exposure to the many cultures represented in the student community and opportunities to study IT, French and Chinese.

Wisconsin’s vision is to develop a Nursing Educational Center of Excellence which will train exceptional professional nurses who are marketable globally.

Dean of the School of Nursing at Wisconsin, Dr  Carlos Arrow, said leadership through empowerment would be his approach to running the School of Nursing and training of the students.

Wisconsin was granted accreditation by the National Accreditation Board to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programme on 29th March, 2016. The programme is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, the professional body responsible for the training and regulation of nurses and midwives in the country, has also approved the programme, the institution’s facilities, and its instructors.

Wisconsin’s student nurses will benefit from:
•    a fully-equipped skills laboratory that simulates a real-life ward
•    a well-stocked library and access to leading electronic library databases
•    modern, air-conditioned classrooms with cutting-edge technology and visual teaching aids
•    IT, French and Chinese skills for greater marketability
•    skills in Sign Language to enable nurses to communicate with persons with hearing and speech impairments
•    a low student-to-instructor ratio
•    disabled access to classrooms and the skills laboratory
•    an on-site physician on call
•    an on-site Sick Bay

Admissions are currently underway for the Summer Semester, which started on 11th  May, 2016.

Eligible applicants include Senior Secondary School leavers, healthcare assistants, community or enrolled nurses, who will enter the programme at level 100.

Holders of a Diploma in Nursing, professional nurses and state-registered nurses will be placed at level 200 or higher.

Mature applicants who are non-nursing professionals can also apply, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Editor’s Notes:
About Wisconsin International University College: The establishment of the University College was initiated and facilitated by Dr. John Buuck, President of Wisconsin International University (WIU) in the United States of America and Rev. Dr. Paul K. Fynn of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana in 1998.
It received its Interim Accreditation in January 2000 under the name University College of Wisconsin International University – Ghana (UCWIU-Gh). It was thus one of the first private universities to receive accreditation.

Article Submitted by:

Victoria Chimbwanda
Wisconsin International University C ollege
Phone: 050 697 7909
P.O. Box LG 751
Legon, Accra


Advisory Board Members of the HAQAA Initiative meet in Brussels

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AB Mtg2As a follow up to the Harmonization of the African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative activities, the scheduled Advisory Board meeting took place in Brussels from the 26th to the 27th of April 2016. All the Advisory Board members, as well as members of the consortium attended the meeting (see pictures within the article)

The main objectives of the meeting which included clarification of the African Union Commission and the European Commission’s strategic partnership in the HAQAA Initiative, an overview of the HAQAA Initiative work plan and the available synergies, the role of the Advisory Board in the HAQAA Initiative and the way forward were discussed.

The approaches and methodologies for the HAQAA Initiative training course by the AB Mtg1German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) whose call is to be released on the 12th of May 2016 on the following address: http://www.aau.org/haqaa/tag/daad/  were discussed and refined. The training course is currently targeting English speaking representatives from Ministries of Higher Education in Africa. The call for the French version of the same training course will be made later in the year.

It was good to note that there was a lot of progress in terms of the HAQAA Initiative database development and web portal that is being carried out by the AAU. The website is meant to provide information on quality assurance activities, organization and agencies, experts in Quality Assurance and Accreditation as well as an interactive platform for the exchange of knowledge and information on Quality Assurance.

Members also endorsed the idea of having the official Launch of the HAQAA Initiative in Windhoek, Namibia in September 2016 during the International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa (ICQAHEA). Meetings of the Advisory Board and the Technical Working Group for the Initiative are also planned for this period.

The HAQAA Initiative complements PAQAF and other Quality Assurance initiatives

All the lined-up activities for the HAQAA Initiative including nurturing the quality culture in African universities through awareness campaigns are meant to promote the Pan African Quality Assurance Framework (PAQAF) through the African Quality Rating Mechanism (AQRM) and other quality assurance tools such as the Quality Connect Institutional Evaluation Programme which are ongoing quality assurance activities that are coordinated by the Association of African Universities (AAU) as the “Voice of Higher Education in Africa” on behalf of the African Union Commission (AUC).

The 5 HAQAA Initiative partners, comprising the University of Barcelona (UB) which is the leader; the Association of African Universities (AAU); European Universities Association (EUA); the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), are very thankful to the European Commission (EC) for funding the HAQAA Initiative.

Submitted by: Dr Violet Makuku (Project Officer – HAQAA Initiative)

Introducing the HAQAA Initiative

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Harmonising African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation through the HAQAA Initiative

HAQAA LogoThe latest Quality Assurance initiative, called the Harmonization of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) initiative is slated to be officially launched in September 2016, in Namibia. This initiative was born out of the Joint Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership, which identified harmonization, quality and accreditation as key issues needing urgent attention.

Quality in higher education has become a matter of great concern globally, particularly at a time when tertiary education is being increasingly linked to economic growth and development.  Countries have come to realize that the quality of educational provision by higher education institutions (HEIs) is critical in providing the highly skilled human resources that will drive economic growth and sustainable development.

The Association of African Universities (AAU) and its partner organisations, have in this light been implementing a number of quality assurance related flagship projects, with the HAQAA initiative being the latest. The African Quality Assurance Network (AfriQAN), which is the official platform for the cooperation of African quality assurance organizations and the Pan -African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF), being advanced by the African Union Commission in partnership with the AAU and the European Commission, are some projects already being run to improve quality assurance among Africa’s higher education institutions.

 Objective of the HAQAA Initiative:

The general objective of HAQAA is to “Contribute and support the harmonisation of higher education programmes and the creation of a revitalised, distinctive, attractive and globally competitive African higher education space, through enhanced intra-African collaboration”.

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