Harmonising African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation through the HAQAA Initiative
The 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”.
A two-day workshop (29-30 July 2015) to validate the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation framework has just ended in Accra, with about 60 higher education experts form 28 countries in attendance.
The workshop, jointly organized by the Association of African Universities (AAU), the African Union commission and the European Commission, forms part of strategic efforts to establish a continental accreditation agency for higher education in Africa.Participants at this august workshop included representatives of Ministries of Education, The African Union commission, CNAQ Mozambique, the Association of African Universities, European Commission, Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), CAMES, PAN African University Council and European University Council among others.
CALL FOR SUBJECT & QUALITY ASSURANCE EXPERTS FOR PROGRAMME ACCREDITATION/REVIEW IN NAMIBIA
The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is a statutory body established by the Higher Education Act, No. 26 of 2003. NCHE is mandated to promote inter alia quality assurance in higher education, i.e. accredit academic programmes offered at higher education institutions and monitor the quality assurance mechanisms, procedures and processes of these institutions. As such, NCHE is in the process of reviewing the following Bachelor Degree Programmes:
- Economics (Hon),
- Education (Pre- and Lower Primary Education) (Hon)
- Science in Geo-Information Science
- Science in Civil Engineering (Hon)
- Biomedical Sciences (Hon)
- Science in Financial Mathematics (Hon)
- Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics
- Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics (Hon)
- Agriculture Management
- Engineering Civil
- Geo-information Technology
- Natural Resource Management (Nature Conservation)
- Journalism and Communication Technology
- Journalism and Communication Technology (Hon)
- Town and Regional Planning
NCHE is, therefore, soliciting for nominations of subjects experts in these programmes. The nominated candidates should be practicing academics with knowledge and expertise in the afore-stated subjects/disciplines.
NCHE is also soliciting for nominations of experts in higher education quality assurance.
During the exercise, the selected nominee (s) will be duly furnished with:
- A return flight ticket;
- Accommodation and transport;
- Meals and an honorarium of N$ 3500-00 (US$ 350-00);
- Assistance with visa application (if required); and
- Any other relevant information on the preparations (logistics), time-lines, etc.
The review process for each programme will take place over 3 (three) days, while the entire review exercise is expected to run between September and October 2015.
Please, submit the names of your nominees together with their CVs at your earliest convenience to Ms Anneley Willemse at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr Edward Hategekimana at email@example.com In case of further enquiries, please contact Ms Willemse or Dr Hategekimana by telephone at 00 264 61 307012.
This notice was circulated by:
Senior Higher Education Officer
National Council for Higher Education Secretariat
08 Newton Street, Philadelphia House
P O Box 90890, Klein Windhoek
Tel: +264 61 307012
Fax: +264 61 307016