7th International Conference and Workshop on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa

Date: 
21 Septembre 2015 - 25 Septembre 2015
Ville: 
Abuja
Pays: 
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi)-Africa, African Quality, Assurance Network (AfriQAN) and the Association of African Universities (AAU) organized the

7TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOPS ON QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN AFRICA

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE AFRICAN QUALITY ASSURANCE NETWORK (AfriQAN)

And

SYMPOSIUM OF RECTORS, VICE-CHANCELLORS AND PRESIDENTS OF UNIVERSITIES

FOUR EVENTS IN ONE YOU SHOULD NOT MISS

CONFERENCE THEME:

Strengthening Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa to Meet Regional and Global Challenges

Objectives of the Conference and Workshop

The conference will 

  • review national and regional developments in quality assurance in higher education in Africa up to 2015;
  • document best practices in higher education quality assurance from other regions of the world and draw lessons for the African context for the promotion of quality culture;
  • identify modalities for implementation or further strengthening of regional and continental reforms, frameworks and programmes, including the LMD reform; ratification and
  • Implementation of the revised Arusha Convention; establishment of AHERS; and development of PAQAF;
  • review and further development of accreditation and enhancement of quality assurance of research universities, centres of excellence and PhD training programmes;
  • foster the acquisition of skills in (a) the implementation of the revised Arusha Convention; (b) measurement and modelling of quality in higher education; (c) quality assurance of open and distance learning delivery systems: (d) strengthening effective implementation of LMD reforms; (e) quality assurance of emerging non-traditional higher education delivery systems; (f) setting up and running effective quality assurance units at the institutional level; and (g) AUC agenda on Harmonization of Higher Education systems in Africa; the Tuning II and Credit Transfer projects supported by the AU-EU Joint Strategy; and
  • identify roles that all stakeholders should play in the implementation of the post-2015 initiatives in order to guarantee success.

Sub-themes

  • National and regional developments in quality assurance in higher education in Africa;
  • Accreditation and quality assurance: lessons from other regions;
  • AU-EU Joint Strategy on Harmonization, tuning, mobility and joint programmes
  • Promoting graduate employability;
  • Sustaining quality through Implementation of continental frameworks and programmes including the revised Arusha Convention, AHERS and PAQAF;
  • Quality, ICT and LMD Reforms; and
  • Accreditation and quality assurance of research universities, centres of excellence and PhD training programmes.

Expected outcomes

The following are the expected outcomes of the conference:

  • Participants would have deepened their understanding of the current status, challenges, opportunities and prospects in quality assurance in higher education in Africa;
  • Participants capacity would have been developed to be change agents in the implementation of an agenda of improving quality in higher education in Africa for global competitiveness;
  • Blueprint developed/proposed for supporting the implementation of accreditation and quality enhancement reforms, frameworks and programmes at national, regional and continental levels;
  • Blueprint developed/proposed for supporting the 2014-2017 Action Plan of the African Union Commission in the area of higher education;
  • Skills of quality assurance practitioners for national quality assurance agencies enhanced and networking opportunities created;
  • Documentation available on the various initiatives on accreditation and quality assurance enriched and expanded; and
  • Communiqué reflecting the conclusions and action plan arising from the debates and deliberations of the conference.