In a continuous quest to ensure Malawians are accessing quality higher education, the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) organized a capacity building workshop for Quality Assurance Specialists from both public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

The Workshop which was sponsored through the UNESCO SHENZEN Project which NCHE is coordinating, took place in Mangochi.

Speaking at the workshop, NCHE CEO Dr. Ignasio Jimu noted that globally, governance and management of quality in higher education is a topical issue.

He said Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and African Union’s Agenda 2063 the “Africa we Want” have emphasized the need for quality and relevant education.

“The workshop is a manifestation of the duty and responsibility all the participants share in the quest to promote quality in the higher education sector,” he said.

Guest of Honour at the workshop, Dr. Samson MacJessie Mbewe, who is the Director for Higher Education in the Ministry of Educations, Science and Technology, commended NCHE for organizing such a workshop.

“It is pleasing that as an external quality assurance agency, you have taken a bold step to support HEIs to strengthen their internal quality assurance units. This is evidence that the journey to achieving quality higher education can only be realized from a true partnership between the external quality assurance regulators and the internal players in delivery of higher education programme.

He said the Ministry of Education is appreciative to the UNESCO Shenzen Project for complimenting the initiatives of the government of Malawi in promoting access to quality and relevant higher education.

Some of the topics at the workshop include Organization and Operationalization of Internal Quality Assurance Units in HEIs; External Quality Assurance Processes and Instruments; African Quality Assurance Rating Mechanism as a tool for internal quality Assurance; Guidelines for self-assessment at institutional and programme level among others.

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