Education without quality assurance meaningless: Hangula

20 Sep 2016 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – Education without attention to quality is meaningless to a national agenda, says University of Namibia (UNAM) Vice-Chancellor Lazarus Hangula.
He was speaking on Tuesday at the opening of the eighth International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa: Multidimensions of Innovation in Higher Education in Africa.
The five-day conference is held under the theme ‘Towards Enhancing Quality and Accelerating Regional Harmonisation’.
Hangula said assuring quality in education precipitates quality development, thus at institution level, quality assurance is the fundamental responsibility of any institution.
He said as academics, quality assurance has its roots outside academia, because students cannot give feedback on the quality of their education, unlike in the manufacturing industry.
“In manufacturing, it is easy to assure quality because timber does not speak,” he said, adding that although higher education has been a driving force since the establishment of universities; people cannot ignore that more work has to be done as Africa lags behind in producing quality research output.
Hangula noted the need for academics to charter frameworks from which increased higher education quality can be achieved.
The conference is attended by representatives of 35 countries and will focus on development; enhancing quality and accelerating harmonisation; tackling academic corruption; and the funding and management of higher education.
This is the first time the conference is hosted in southern Africa.
Last year, it was held in Abuja, Nigeria and focused on strengthening quality education in Africa to meet regional and global challenges.