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  1. 1. Association of African Universities and Quality2nd IAU Global Meeting of Associations Paris, France 31 May – 01 June 2007
  2. 2. Background & Introduction• Diversity within Africa: yet sufficient commonality• Nature of HE challenge? – Numbers/resources crunch – Institutional diversification – Globalisation & knowledge society demands• Inadequacy of old QA systems/processes sawyerr/IAU 2007 2
  3. 3. AAU and Quality Assurance• Issue taken up by AAU – 9th General Conference (1997) – Core Programme of Activities 1997 – 2000; 2001 – 2004; 2005 - 2009• AAU? = international non-governmental membership organisation• 200-plus member institutions in all 5 sub- regions of Africa, & all education traditions• Lead Implementation Agency for AU’s “2nd Decade for Education for Africa 2006 – 2015” sawyerr/IAU 2007 3
  4. 4. AAU and Quality Assurance• NB: QA is primarily institutional and national affair• AAU Strategic Line: niche for adding value: – Networking & coordination – Seeding new ideas to members – Convening power, representation & advocacy sawyerr/IAU 2007 4
  5. 5. AAU Quality Assurance Programme – Phase 1• Survey of QA at institutional and sub-unit levels - 1999• Identified needs & gaps, e.g.: – Capacity for self-evaluation & quality management – Institutional M&E plans – Systematic feedback from employers & graduates – Benchmarking & capacity dev thru international links• Guidelines sawyerr/IAU 2007 5
  6. 6. Quality Assurance Support Programme for African Higher Education 2007-2009WB Dev Grant Facility FY2007 - 2009 sawyerr/IAU 2007 6
  7. 7. Objective & Process(a) Institutionalised QA systems & capabilities within universities & national quality regulatory agencies, and(b) Regional framework for coordination of protocols on cross-border recognition of qualifications(c) International Expert Advisory Panel sawyerr/IAU 2007 7
  8. 8. Component 1 – Internal Inst QA• Enhance/develop institutional QA systems & local expertise: workshops, attachments, resource persons, etc• Networking and info exchange: universities, national QA & accreditation agencies, regional & international QA organizations, initiatives• Awareness raising and advocacy – LEDEV; AAU events; AU sawyerr/IAU 2007 8
  9. 9. Component 2 – National Regulatory Agencies• QA & accreditation database: on available regional & international expertise, resources, good practice, etc.• Continental network: information sharing/peer education & support among national & sub- regional agencies• Capacity enhancement/dev for national systems - existing and prospective• With support of CHE sawyerr/IAU 2007 9
  10. 10. Component 3 – Regional Recognition Framework• Support for revision & implementation of African Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies in Higher Education (The Arusha Convention)• With UNESCO sawyerr/IAU 2007 10
  11. 11. www.aau.org sawyerr/IAU 2007 11

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