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EUA participates in HAQAA Initiative

14 January 2016

EUA is part of a consortium implementing the Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation Initiative (HAQAA Initiative), which is a key initiative in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.

As in Europe, quality assurance in higher education is a policy priority in Africa at the institutional, national, regional, as well as continental level. Many African countries have either created or are planning a robust quality assurance and accreditation system to address the public perception that educational quality is being compromised by recent expanding enrolment. The European Union and the African Union, in the context of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, have therefore selected “harmonisation, quality and accreditation” as the primary action line of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, in which special attention is given to regional collaboration and harmonisation of quality assurance measures in the African continent.

On 14-15 January, EUA hosted a kick-off meeting of the HAQAA Initiative during which the first year of activities were planned. These include: setting up an African quality assurance database, a web portal, the national quality assurance contact points in Africa, and preparing the work plan for institutional evaluations to be carried out in the context of the project. A representative of the European Commission joined partners to discuss the objectives and synergies between this work and the Tuning Africa II Harmonisation Initiative.

The role of EUA and other European partners is to share their experience on developing regional collaboration on quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area and to share lessons learnt in this respect.

For further information on the initiative, please click here.

The consortium is coordinated by the University of Barcelona. As a consortium partner, EUA will co-organise institutional evaluations. Six universities will be asked to undergo a self-evaluation process, which will be designed within the initiative and coordinated by the Association of African Universities (AAU). The other consortium partners are the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the European Association of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

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