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EUA contributes to a common understanding of quality assurance in Africa

15 June 2017

EUA took part in delivering the training course on developing a common understanding on quality assurance (QA) in Africa. The event took place on 31 May-2 June in Accra, Ghana, as part of the HAQAA Initiative, which is an important part of the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.

IMG_0616During the training course, key African QA stakeholders gathered together to discuss how they can cooperate and support the harmonisation of QA in the African higher education context. During the event, the participants received an update on the first draft of the African Standards and Guidelines in Quality Assurance (ASG-QA) and discussed how the proposed document feeds into the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF). EUA contributed to the event by sharing its experience and lessons learnt in developing regional collaboration on QA in the context of the European Higher Education Area.

Participants agreed that QA in higher education is a policy priority in Africa, and underlined the importance of such events for sharing practices and facilitating cooperation among institutional, national, and regional players, which further strengthens relationships across Africa in the higher education sector. The outcomes of the training also reflect the European Commission’s latest ‘Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council for a Renewed Impetus of the Africa-EU Partnership’, where the harmonisation of higher education through improved quality assurance is identified as one of the key approaches to achieve secure, sustainable and inclusive economic development in Africa that will benefit both continents.

The training course was followed by a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of African Universities. EUA used the opportunity to congratulate its sister association on this special occasion.

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