UoN hosts the African Quality Assurance Network

African Quality Assurance Network, under the umbrella of the Association of African Universities have organized a three days quality assurance symposium at the University of Nairobi to deliberate on ways of increasing the quality of education among universities in Africa.

University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, noted that Africa require innovative solutions for its challenges and it is upon the African Universities  to drive the core mandate of teaching and research by mentoring young leaders. He challenged the workshop participants to come up with best practices that will help reform higher education in the continent. He further challenged the Quality Assurance team to ensure that research coming out of universities benefits the society and that the research informs policy. “We need quality assurance for research excellence,” he said. The Vice-Chancellor was represented by Prof. Julius Ogen’go, Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Academic Affairs.

Speaking during the workshop as one of the facilitators, Prof. Peter Okebukola, highlighted key issues on quality assurance in Africa; the learning environment and low publications produced in the continent. He noted that quality education in the continent could decline if some of the inputs like students, staff, infrastructure and teachers development are looked into seriously. He also highlighted the need to look into processes like management, teaching and learning and outputs like quality graduates, research and innovation.

“If you want to achieve quality education within the continent, let us invest a big percentage of our resources in teachers’ development, than on infrastructure,” he opined. One other thing that came out strongly is the emergence of technology and more so social media. Prof. Okebukola advised students to concentrate on their books instead of Facebook. “I advise my students to face their books and not to Facebook”, he said.  He noted that students waste considerable amount of time on the social media platforms, the time that would have been spent on research, innovation and learning.

The three days’ quality assurance workshop has attracted participants from several African countries including Nigeria, Uganda among others.

Expiry Date: 
Sat, 2019-09-28 (All day)