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EUROPE-AFRICA QUALITY CONNECT: Building Institutional Capacity Through Partnership P R O J E C T R E S U LT S A N D F U T U R E P R O S P E C T S

With the support of the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Commission

Copyright 2012 © by the European University Association All rights reserved. This information may be freely used and copied for non-commercial purposes, provided that the source is acknowledged (©European University Association). Additional copies of this publication are available for 10 Euro per copy. European University Association asbl Avenue de l’Yser 24 1040 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32-2 230 55 44 Fax: +32-2 230 57 51 A free electronic version of this report is available through www.eua.be With the support of the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. With the support of IEP ISBN: 9789078997344

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EUA-Institutional Evaluation Programme

EUROPE-AFRICA QUALITY CONNECT: Building Institutional Capacity Through Partnership P R O J E C T R E S U LT S A N D F U T U R E P R O S P E C T S

EUROPE-AFRICA QUALITY CONNECT: BUILDING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

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EUROPE-AFRICA QUALITY CONNECT: BUILDING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword and acknowledgements

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Executive summary

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I. Introduction

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II. The project’s policy background

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III. The IEP approach and its adaptation to the different African contexts

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IV. Institutional evaluations in Africa: practical and methodological challenges

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V. The evaluation reports: main themes

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VI. Concluding remarks and recommendations for future directions

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VII. References

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VIII. Annex: teams of experts

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EUROPE-AFRICA QUALITY CONNECT: BUILDING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

Foreword and acknowledgEments This report analyses the results of QA Connect, a project co-funded by the Erasmus Mundus Programme and developed by a consortium that included the Association of African Universities (AAU), the European University Association (EUA), the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal, in partnership with the African Chapter of the Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association. Five African universities participated in pilot evaluations that were based on the methodology of EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP). The institutions were located in different regions of Africa and were sufficiently dissimilar to provide good testing ground for the IEP approach. The report analyses the adaptability of this evaluation methodology to the African contexts and the pertinence of the themes addressed in the evaluation reports. It is clear that these pilot evaluations have been very successful. They were strongly endorsed by the universities that were evaluated as well as by their evaluation teams and were found to be useful to institutional development, particularly to their strategic capacity and the development of their internal quality processes. Participants in this pilot project strongly advised that AAU takes responsibility for introducing a similar evaluation programme in Africa. The concluding chapter in this report examines how this can be done. It is hoped that this report will contribute to designing future steps for the development of quality assurance in Africa and that it will be useful to the African universities, their associations, their national quality assurance agencies as well as their governments at national and African levels. This project and the resulting repor