The Executive Director attended the meeting of the Advisory Board for the Harmonisation of African Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative in Maputo, Mozambique, hosted by CNAQ, on 21-22 March 2018.
The African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ASG-QA) are now almost in their final form. The specific purpose of the ASG-QA is to support higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies in Africa to:
The ASG-QA will be presented to the next Science and Technology Committee (STC) of the African Union in 2019. Once approved by this committee, it will go to the Heads of State Summit.
Information resources and a communication strategy need to be developed in order to demonstrate the relationship between the HAQAA Initiative and the Pan African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF).
The development of the ASG-QA forms one of the focus areas of the PAQAF, while the others are:
The HAQAA Initiative will issue a call for external quality assurance agencies to participate in pilot reviews according to the ASG-QA during 2018. Five pilot reviews of more established national quality assurance agencies (QAA), and five consultancy visits to countries with emerging national QAA or the interest to develop one will be conducted in 2018. Interested agencies will be invited to apply during 2018.
The HAQAA Initiative provides the framework within which SARUA should take the project for the development of internal quality assurance or management systems forward.
2.1 Workshop on capacity building needs for quality assurance in the SQDC
As reported to the Executive Committee meeting of November 2017, SARUA collaborated with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the South African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) to present a workshop on capacity building needs for quality assurance in the SQDC on 9-10 October 2017.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
The workshop identified a range of internal and external QA needs were identified. A general agreement has been arrived at that firstly, SAQAN, SARUA and the SADC Technical Committee on Accreditation will liaise after the workshop report and the commissioned research findings are available. Secondly, there is a broad consensus that SARUA will be responsible for Internal QA capacity building while SAQAN will be responsible for external QA capacity building.
The following key reports have been developed in association with the workshop:
As a follow-up to the 2017 workshop, the Executive Director arranged to meet with the Chairperson of SAQAN on 15 February 2018 in order to discuss the preparation of a joint funding proposal. Unfortunately, the Chair of SAQAN, Prof Narend Baijnath, had to cancel this meeting at short notice. However, the Executive Director received confirmation at the HAQAA Advisory Board meeting that DAAD is committed to supporting the quality assurance project in the SADC. The Executive Director will meet with Prof Baijnath during May 2018, in order to discuss the development of the funding proposal to DAAD.