21 November 2013 | EQAF Paper

Cross-Border Partnership for Quality Enhancement in Higher Education: Achievements of the IUCEA/DAAD/HRK Quality Assurance Initiative for East Africa

Mayunga H. H. Nkunya, Mike Kuria, Marc Wilde


This paper reports results from an audit of the achievements made towards introduction of a regional quality assurance (QA) system in higher education in East Africa involving the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Rectors Conference (HRK), and National Commissions and Councils for Higher Education of the East African Community (EAC) Partner States (National Commission for Higher Education in Burundi, Higher Education Council in Rwanda, Commission for University Education in Kenya, Tanzania Commission for Universities in Tanzania, and National Council for Higher Education in Uganda).

The audit found that as a result of the initiative, the participating universities have now established QA units, developed QA policies, subjected programs to internal and external review and instituted policy frameworks. The paper concludes that cooperation beyond borders can contribute to significant achievements in the institutionalisation of QA practices in higher education institutions.


This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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