In December 2016, the Association of African Universities (AAU) sent out a call for universities across Africa to participate in the Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) initiative.
The primary purpose of the HAQAA initiative is to build a quality culture in African higher education so that institutions remain locally relevant and internationally competitive.
Those universities that were interested in participating in this initiative were required to complete and submit a preliminary survey questionnaire to the AAU. The AAU selected DUT as one of 15 universities from across Africa to participate in the initiative.
The AAU also invited two DUT staff to a technical workshop in Accra, Ghana on 28 and 29 March 2017. Dr René Smith (Executive Dean, FAD) and K Sattar (Director, CQPA) attended the workshop as it was a requirement that one of the participants be the Director of Quality Assurance. Also attending was a group of experts from Africa and Europe. The discussions held during the workshop contextualised the initiative. The workshop also gave background information on the development and implementation of the key evaluation tool called the African Quality Rating Mechanism (AQRM). The DUT has submitted the AQRM survey in May.
DUT was assigned an evaluation team comprising of Dr Violet Makuku, HAQAA Initiative Project Officer; Dr Margret Flieder, from Germany and expert on quality in European higher education; and Professor Goolam MohamedBhai from Mauritius, former Secretary General of the AAU and expert on quality in African higher education.
There were also institutional evaluation site visits to DUT on the 19 and 20 June 2017.
Pictured: Caxton Shoniwa (ZOU), Benson Gabi (ZOU), Prof G Mohamedbhai (external evaluator for DUT), Bella Sattar (Director, CQPA) and Dr Rene Smith (Executive Dean Faculty of Arts and Design), at the workshop.
Copy: Bella Sattar