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External quality assurance of higher education in Anglophone Africa

Martin, Michaela; Pereyra, Jimena; Sing, Mala; Stella, Antony

Abstract:
In recent decades, most higher education systems have experienced an overall trend of expansion, which, in many instances, is due to the growing social demand for higher education.  Confronted by a growing demand for higher education provision, many countries have promoted the development of private education as a means of satisfying social demand within the context of a restricted budget. This has led to a tremendous growth of the private higher education sector, which, in many countries, has resulted in an unequal provision of education in terms of quality.  As a direct manifestation of globalization, national governments in different countries are also faced with a new set of transnational providers of higher education. This phenomenon poses immeasurable challenges to the regulation and recognition of credentials. Inadequate information systems (and a lack of control and regulation in many countries) have resulted in new types of academic fraud – such as diploma mills, the selling of credentials, and the deliberate provision of false information on the nature and validity of credentials.  Considering this context, IIEP undertook a research programme on EQA with the objective of exploring the organizational and methodological options of different EQA systems. Within this programme, a series of publications has been undertaken. This fi rst series of publications was followed by a project on the regulation and quality assurance of cross-border providers of higher education. This resulted in a publication of seven case studies on the regulation and quality assurance of transnational provision of higher education in Argentina, Chile, Kenya, Oman, the Philippines, Russia and South Africa.

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Document Title: External quality assurance of higher education in Anglophone Africa
Project Title: Higher Education and Globalization
Institution: UNESCO
City and Country: Eugène Delacroix, Paris


Date:2007
Document Type:Research Report (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:External Quality Assurance EQA, Higher Education, Developing countries, Modules


File Size:571 KB
Rights:Paper is available online.
Date Added:02 October 2007


Martin, Michaela; Pereyra, Jimena; Sing, Mala; Stella, Antony (2007). External quality assurance of higher education in Anglophone Africa Report of an IIEP ( International Institute for Educational Planning) distance education course 25-22 December 2006.