Current Higher Education Quality Assurance Dynamics in East Africa

Arasa, Josephine N. and Nkunya, Mayunga H. H (2010) Current Higher Education Quality Assurance Dynamics in East Africa. In: The 1st KIM Conference on Management : Transforming Higher Education - Opportunities and Challenges, KICC.


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The East Africa higher education system has continued to be characterised by a diversity of quality assurance systems, thereby posing difficulties in establishing comparability and compatibility of higher education systems and standards among the universities as well as internationally. However, currently several universities are now participating in the Inter- University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) common quality assurance system, which aims at harmonising higher education standards in East Africa thereby promoting comparability of academic programmes among universities, based on regional benchmark standards. The system also focuses on enhancing student mobility in East Africa and beyond. The IUCEA Handbook that has been developed, establishes quality assurance procedures and benchmark standards. Many universities in East Africa now use the Handbook, which has been piloted for use in conducting self-assessment as well as external peer review at programme level. Both public and private universities participate in this initiative through a voluntary process. The training of quality assurance coordinators at the participating universities and regulatory agencies in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda has also been conducted. The system incorporates international quality assurance practices and those specific to individual universities and countries in East Africa. This will ensure the need to maintain institutional and national autonomy. The system has evolved a regional network of quality assurance experts as institutional coordinators or regional peers. It has also established a number of issues that are taken for granted including curricula design that did not incorporate aspects of programme expected learning outcomes, among others. Many challenges have emerged, which the participating universities, the IUCEA and regulatory agencies will need to continuously address. The paper highlights these developments from the perspective of a private university that has previously followed an external quality assurance system and one of the regulatory agencies in East Africa.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Conference > International Conference on Industry and Higher Education - 2010
Depositing User: Mr. David Mwangi
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 09:56
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 09:56

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