INTER-UNIVERSITY COUNCIL FOR EAST AFRICA
Quality Assurance Practitioners in the Region Meet to Discuss ICT for Quality Higher Education and Expanded Access
Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), Kampala, 3rd May 2018:East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Network (EAQAN) is meeting in Kigali, Rwanda at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel to Discuss ICT for Quality Higher Education and Expanded Access - Leveraging technology for effective Quality Assurance systems in East Africa. The forum which will involve around 150 participants under the theme “ICT FOR QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION AND EXPANDED ACCESS - Leveraging technology for effective QA systems in East Africa” is starting on 7th May to 10th May, 2018. It will emphasize on issues of promoting ICT in enhancing active and innovative learning, use of ICT-mediated teaching as a pedagogical tool to enhance access and teaching large classes, evaluation of functionality of institutional quality assurance systems and creating public-private-partnership for institutional sustainability and quality product. In addition the forum will address issues related to strengthening postgraduate studies in higher education institutions.
“The forum which is held on annual basis is meant to foster dialogue through sharing of ideas on higher education policies, Quality Assurance practices, challenges and prospects for promoting quality higher education in the region” said Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje, IUCEA Executive Secretary, adding that through this forum academics and practitioners in quality assurance are offered opportunity to strengthen collaboration, networking and capacity building among stakeholders involved in Quality Assurance work in the region and beyond, while specific emphasis of capacity building is done through keynotes and training workshops.
Other activities during the forum will include key note addresses by experts, paper presentations on various topics, networking events, training workshops to build capacity on enhancing quality practices in teaching and learning and roundtable dialogue involving Vice-Chancellors and Deputy Vice-Chancellors on pertinent issues on quality in higher education in East Africa.
Note to the Editor: The East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Network (EAQAN) is a network of quality assurance practitioners in the East African region. The Network was formally established in 2012 and organized its first forum in May 2012 held in Entebbe Uganda. Since then, and following the agreement during the EAQAN General Assembly, EAQAN in collaboration with Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) has been organizing QA Forums around May every year. The subsequent forums have been held in Kigali 2013, Arusha in 2014, Nairobi in 2015, Entebbe 2016 and Dar es Salaam 2017. These gatherings provide opportunity for EAQAN members to present papers and share experiences on key issues of quality assurance, receive further training and network with other QA practitioners in the region and beyond.
Both EAQAN and the IUCEA as close partners share the same remit to improve quality of the higher education sector in the region. For this cause the IUCEA has been committing resources to EAQAN to build capacity for enhanced quality improvements in higher education in the region. To accomplish the objectives of the Forum, EAQAN has been receiving support from Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and DIES and National Higher Education Commissions and Councils in East African Partner States.
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