21 Nov 2013 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) - The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) launched its strategic plan for the years 2013 to 2017 in the capital on Thursday.
The plan focuses on five key strategic objectives, which were felt to be relevant in achieving the NCHE mission of ensuring a coordinated and excellent higher education system through equitable access and quality service delivery.
The objectives include ensuring a well-coordinated higher education system; improving the quality of the higher education system; ensuring affordable and equitable access to higher education; ensuring the equitable allocation of funds to public higher education institutions; and ensuring an enabling environment and high-performance culture.
It was also considered critical to align the Strategic Plan to the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4).
Speaking at the launch, NCHE chairperson Dr Kalumbi Shangula said the development of the strategic plan was an encouraging collaborative effort involving the NCHE Secretariat under the guidance of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
The diverse perspectives of the two institutions and various individual stakeholders made it possible to come up with this strategic plan, a roadmap suitable and relevant in achieving the vision of the National Council for Higher Education of being a leader in coordinating higher education in pursuit of a knowledge-based society, he noted.
Shangula went on to say that as the umbrella body for higher education in the country, the NCHE with the support of the relevant stakeholders, will continue to advance the needs of higher education institutions in particular and the higher education sector at large in ways which are most suitable to its stakeholders and the nation at large, taking into account the goals of Vision 2030.
With the execution of the plan and relevant support, challenges affecting the higher education fraternity such as quality, funding, limited access to higher education and lack of coordination, amongst others, will thus be effectively addressed.
The NCHE will continue to consult stakeholders for their contributions while executing the strategic plan.
Together, we will continue to expand higher education by enabling access, which takes into account equality and affordability, the NCHE chairperson stated.
The strategic plan includes aspects which are new to the activities of the NCHE, such as a funding framework, and the Higher Education Information Management System (HEMIS).
These will ensure positive impacts in terms of predictability and efficiency.
The HEMIS will provide both information systems and statistical information support to the functions and activities of the funding framework.
Shangula said the four-year strategic plans progress will be monitored, using performance agreements with the Executive Director and other employees of the NCHE Secretariat.
In addition, Council members will enter into performance agreements with the appointing authority, he added.