10th International Conference and Workshops on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa
Under the title “Higher education quality assurance and the promotion of synergies among science, technology and humanities: Towards the attainment of the SDGs in Africa”, the conference provided a unique 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.
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The 10th in the series of International Conferences on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa (ICQAHEA) was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon on September 18-20, 2018. Four professionally-enriching events were bundled into the conference package. These were (a) the main conference; (b) four hands-on workshops; (c) symposium of Rectors and Vice- Chancellors; and (d) Annual Meeting of AfriQAN. The quad events were 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.
The theme of the conference was “Higher education quality assurance and the promotion of synergies among science, technology and humanities: Towards the attainment of the SDGs in Africa”. The conference provided 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 followed-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 was also 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 Programme; (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 took stock of the progress made in implementing these initiatives and discussed 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 and an increase of funding is planned for staff and student mobility under the Erasmus+ programme. Consequently, a “Study in Europe Fair” was organized as a parallel event to the ICQAHEA, with stands from all 7 Member States with representation in Cameroun (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and the European Union. A thousand visitors were welcomed over two days, reaching to students, PhD candidates, families and university staff.
The conference and the other three collocated events was expected to 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 International Conference on Humanities and Higher Education: “Generating Synergies between Science, Technology and Humanities”.