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Title:The quality assurance situation and capacity building needs of higher education in Africa
Editors:Alabai, Goski B.ISNI
Mba, Jonathan C.ISNI
City of publisher:Accra-North
Publisher:Association of African Universities
ISBN:9988589514; 9789988589516
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:higher education
educational quality
capacity building
Abstract:This report examines quality assurance in higher education, and the capacity building needs of institutions of higher learning in Africa. Many 'first generation' universities in Africa maintained very high standards up to the early 1980s. However, following the global economic downturn, and various other factors such as military interventions and the increasing number of people in search of higher education in the face of declining resources in many parts of Africa, the level of resources committed to education significantly fell. As a result, numbers of academic staff of African institutions accepted positions outside the continent or were not motivated to return to their original institutions. In an effort to promote the revitalization of the African higher education, the African Association of Universities (AAU) commissioned this study to ascertain the specific structures, mechanisms and status of quality assurance in higher education in African countries. To conduct the study, the continent was partitioned into six regions: anglophone West Africa, East Africa, Portuguese-speaking Africa, French-speaking Africa, Arab Africa and North Africa, and Southern Africa. In six chapters, the book provides a collation of the resulting six regional reports. The introduction addresses the need for quality assurance, and a final chapter proposes a harmonized capacity building programme with improvements at the regional, national and institutional levels. Contributors: Olusola Oyewole, Placid C. Njoku, Yohannes Woldetensae, Mamadou Moustapha Sall and Labib Arafeh. [ASC Leiden abstract]