The Africa-EU Harmonisation, Quality Assurance and Accreditation Initiative (HAQAA) held its launch event on 20 September 2016 in Windhoek, Namibia.
The initiative supports the implementation of the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF), which aims for the capacity development of the national and regional quality assurance (QA) and accreditation bodies in Africa, and helps the African higher education institutions in developing their own QA processes.
During the launch, which took place during the 8th International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa, the coordinators of the HAQAA initiative, Ramon Torrent and Elizabeth Colucci, summarised the main aim and related activities of the initiative. These include the alignment of existing regional QA initiatives in the African continent, the development of African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ASG-QA), the reinforcement of internal institutional QA processes through 15 institutional evaluations, and visits to selected QA agencies.
The HAQAA initiative is implemented on behalf of the European Commission and the African Union Commission by EUA, the University of Barcelona, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Association of African Universities (AAU), and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). As part of the initiative, EUA will provide expertise and advisory support for the implementation of the above-mentioned activities.
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