Press release

Workshop for the implementation of the 3rd component of the UNESCO / Shenzhen Fund-in-Trust (FIT) Project on strengthening quality assurance networks in Africa

With the support of the People's Republic of China, more specifically the Shenzhen Municipal Government, UNESCO is implementing the UNESCO/Shenzhen FIT Project on Strengthening Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa from 2017 to 2020.

The objective of this project is to strengthen higher education systems in Africa through the development of quality assurance mechanisms in higher education in 10 African countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Zambia.

The project includes three interdependent components:

Component 1: Support for the establishment of national quality assurance agencies based on UNESCO's current initiatives

Component 2: Support for strengthening the institutional capacities of recently established quality assurance agencies

Component 3: Consolidation of quality assurance networks in Africa and support for the development of mutual recognition tools for qualifications on the African continent.

The implementation of Component 3 includes the organization of workshops, one of which will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 18 to 20 February 2020, under the theme "Profile of quality assurance systems in Africa for strengthening the implementation of continental networks and facilitating the mutual recognition of qualifications" in partnership with ANAQ-Sup, which had launched the Shenzhen project in Senegal on February 14th 2018. The sub-themes selected for the event are the following:

(a) Promotion of quality assurance networks in higher education in Africa and their impact on quality improvement and harmonization of higher education on the continent;

(b) Mapping the role of quality assurance agencies in facilitating accreditation decisions in higher education and the mutual recognition of qualifications on the African continent.

The expected participants are: heads of quality assurance agencies in Africa, heads of national qualifications frameworks in Africa, chairs of quality assurance networks in Africa, experts in quality assurance frameworks and qualifications in Africa and beyond, and those responsible for quality assurance and recognition of qualifications in the ministries responsible for higher education in African countries that do not have quality assurance/qualifications framework agencies.