28 Nov 2018 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi on Wednesday launched the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco)-Shenzhen Quality Assurance Project in Namibia.
The project, to be run in three phases, will see 90 quality assurance practitioners from external quality assurance agencies, higher education institutions and vocational training centres being capacitated in quality assurance.
The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) will spearhead the project while the University of Namibia will conduct the training at its Quality Assurance Centre.
In order to ensure the quality and relevance of education in terms of what is taught and learned in higher institutions, there is a need for a renewed commitment to consistently strengthening higher education system in Namibia to place them in line with international standards, Kandjii-Murangi said in her address.
This, she added, can be done by installing a culture of quality managed through quality assurance frameworks that are also able to effectively measure performance.
Through the project, Namibia will be able to further develop quality assurance mechanisms and implement the necessary quality assessment tools that enable the recognition of higher education programmes and qualifications and thus contribute to the enhancement of trans-national mobility of learners, amongst other things.
The importance of quality education can never be overemphasised. I therefore call on all agencies under my ministry, the professional bodies and private sector to develop a stronger and cooperative relationship in order to support the institutions of higher learning deliver quality through capacity building in terms of programmes and teaching, she said.
Equally, there must be alignment in strategy between the programmes offered by the institutions of higher learning and the national development agenda, she pointed out.
The Head of Unescos Education Sector Ehrens Mbamanovandu at the same occasion explained that the organisation and the Shenzhen Category 2 Centre from China initiated the Unesco-Shenzhen Funds-in-Trust Project as part of its priority for Africa and strategy on teachers to strengthen quality assurance and recognition tools and mechanisms in higher education.
The project benefits 10 member countries, including Namibia.