The 10th in the series of International Conferences on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa (ICQAHEA) will be organised in Yaoundé, Cameroon on September 17-22, 2018. Four professionally-enriching events have been bundled into the conference package. These are (a) the main conference; (b) six hands-on workshops; (c) symposium of Rectors and Vice-Chancellors; and (d) Annual Meeting of AfriQAN. The quad events are organised by the consortium of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi-Africa), Association of African Universities (AAU), African Quality Assurance Network (AfriQAN), Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’enseignement Supérieur (CAMES), University of Yaoundé 1 and the Okebukola Science Foundation with funding support from the European Union Commission and Peregrine Academic Services. Gillette, WY, USA.
The theme of the conference is “Higher education quality assurance and the promotion of synergies among science, technology and humanities: Towards the attainment of the SDGs in Africa”. The conference will provide a rare opportunity for the higher education community in Africa and partners to reflect on the modalities for promoting synergies between science and technology and the humanities and for enhancing quality in their delivery in the quest to achieve the SDGs.
The conference will follow-up the conclusions of the 5th Africa-EU Summit held in November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire under the overarching theme: “Investing in Youth for Accelerated Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development”. Visibility will also be given at the conference to a number on-going continental initiatives on improving quality of higher education systems in Africa including (a) Tuning Africa; (b) Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) that supports the Pan African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework and the development of the African standards and guidelines for quality assurance; (c) the Erasmus+ programme; (d) the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Schemes; (e) the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and the Jean Monnet projects; and (f) the Continental Strategy for Education for Africa 2015-2025 (CESA).
The conference will take stock of the progress made in implementing these initiatives and discuss the links that should be established between the results achieved and the activities foreseen for the period of 2018-2020 with emphasis on quality assurance and implementation of the SGDs. It should also be noted that students and alumni are expected to play a key role in the next phases of the AU-EU collaboration. A “Study in Europe Fair” will be organized as a parallel event to the ICQAHEA.
The conference and the other three collocated events will contribute to two major international conferences to be held in November 2018 in Paris and Barcelona respectively. These are: the UNESCO Global conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education; and the GUNI International Conference on Humanities and Higher Education: “Generating Synergies between Science, Technology and Humanities”.
The conference and workshops have the following objectives:
Review recent developments/achievements in promoting synergies among science and technology (S&T) and humanities and enhancing quality assurance in attaining the SDGs in Africa and beyond;
Promote awareness among the African higher education community of recent developments in enhancing quality assurance and accelerating regional harmonisation under the Africa – EU partnership, including the continental strategy for Education for Africa 2015-2025 (CESA); the Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative; Tuning and Erasmus +; the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Schemes; the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions; and Jean Monnet projects.
Provide a platform for discussing the role of synergies among S&T and Humanities and quality assurance in higher education in attaining sustainable development goals in Africa;
Document best practices from other regions of the world on promoting synergies among S&T and humanities, and enhancing quality assurance in higher education in attaining the SDGs and draw lessons for the African region;
Foster the acquisition of skills in (a) the implementation of the Addis Ababa Convention on mutual recognition of qualifications in Africa; (b) measurement and modelling of quality in higher education; (c) quality assurance of open and distance learning delivery systems; (d) strengthening effective implementation of LMD reforms; (f) setting up and running effective quality assurance units at the institutional level; (g) Tuning and Credit Transfer; and (h) developing project proposals for the Erasmus+ and intra-African academic mobility programs.
1 Recent regional developments in promoting synergies among S&T and Humanities and enhancing quality assurance in attaining the SDGs: lessons from other region;
2 Regional Quality assurance and harmonization Initiatives in Africa : the continental strategy for Education for Africa 2015-2025 (CESA); the Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative; Tuning and Erasmus+; the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Schemes; the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions; and Jean Monnet projects.
3 The role of synergies among S&T and Humanities and quality assurance in higher education institutions in attaining the SDGs in Africa and beyond;
4 Best Practices in Developing a Quality Culture at The Institutional and National Levels and Tackling Academic Corruption;
5 The role of research and development in promoting synergies among S&T and enhancing quality assurance in higher education institutions in attaining the SDGs