As in Europe, quality assurance in higher education is a policy priority in Africa at institutional, national, regional as well as continental level. Many African countries have either created or are planning a robust quality assurance and accreditation system to address the public perception that educational quality is being compromised by recent expanding enrolment. The European Union and the African Union, in the context of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, have therefore selected ‘harmonisation, quality and accreditation’ as the primary action line of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, in which special attention is given to regional collaboration and harmonisation of quality assurance measures in the African continent. In developing a continental quality assurance and accreditation system, Africa will seek to find a fit-for-purpose model that meets specific African needs, while building on the existing global models of regional collaboration (such as the European Higher Education Area).
The content of this initiative does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the initiative lies entirely with the author(s).
Service contract to support the development of a harmonised quality assurance and accreditation system at institutional, national, regional and pan-African continental levels is funded by of the European Union “Harmonisation, Quality and Accreditation” initiative (EC EAC/37/2014).
Activities as part of this initiative will address a number of measures and facets that are critical to building quality assurance and accreditation on a pan-African level in a comprehensive manner, including: