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Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Eastern and Southern Africa
Regional and Continental Perspectives

Edited By

Peter Neema-Abooki

ISBN 9780367692834
Published August 24, 2021 by Routledge
314 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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This book examines the critical aspect of quality assurance maintenance of competitive-standards in African higher education. It explores both the micro and macro-levels of continental African higher education regulatory authorities, and analyses different institutional, regional and national practices for moving towards continental quality assurance approaches.

Contributed to by scholars across Eastern and Southern Africa, the book considers conceptual, practical, epistemological and policy dimensions of quality and quality assurance, especially in relation to higher education in Africa. It therefore draws on research and local expertise to open up debate about how to assure and enhance the quality of higher education, providing a comprehensive review of eight countries and considers societal challenges. It aims to satisfy the need of more thoughtful and critical works on African education as produced by African educators. The uniqueness of this book lies in integrating both the theoretical and practical dimensions of quality to devise appropriate strategies for ensuring quality and standards in higher education in continental Africa and beyond.

This authoritative book advocates for a timely discussion around the prpvision of good quality higher education and research in African universities, and will be of great interest to academics, policy makers, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of higher education, comparative education and African studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Quality education in Eastern and Southern Africa: Prospectives and retrospectives
  2. Prof Dr Neema-Abooki

    Part 1: Quality Assurance Discourses and Challenges in Higher Education

  3. The genesis of quality assurance systems in higher education institutions in Uganda
  4. Lessons for Africa

    Proscovia Namubiru Ssentamu & Michael Mawa

  5. The genesis of quality and its assurance in African higher education
  6. Benedicto Malunga

  7. Quality Assurance in open and distance education in Uganda: Practices and policies at Uganda Management Institute
  8. Jessica Aguti, Lazarus Nabaho, & Wilberforce Turyasingura

  9. Internal-Stakeholder-perception of the quality of teacher-educators at Makerere University
  10. Abdu Kisige & Prof Neema-Abooki Peter

  11. Marketisation of Higher Education and the quality assurance dilemma in Tanzania
  12. Joel Jonathan Kayombo


  13. Marketed ‘Quality’ of Higher Education: A Study of Universities’ Websites in South Africa
  14. Anamika Srivastava

  15. Academic quality in the public universities in Eastern and Southern Africa: A comparative study of Makerere University and University of Cape Town
  16. Prof Neema-Abooki & Dr Olive Lunyolo

    Part 2: Quality Higher Education and Development

  17. Quality internship for pre-service teachers: A quest for subject-curricular pedagogic knowledge a mong education student-teachers at the University of Rwanda
  18. Niyibizi, E., Sibomana, E., Manirakiza, V., Ndayambaje, I., Twahirwa, J.B. & Ntabajyana, S.

  19. Achieving quality in higher education through curriculum responsiveness Responsive to what?
  20. Kenneth Kamwi Matengu, Ngepathimo Kadhila, & Nangula Iipumbu

  21. Quality education: Gazing back to indigenous apprenticeship programmes to achieve quality education for socio-economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  22. Kofi Poku Quan-Baffour

  23. Determinants of quality doctoral research for sustainable futures in Africa
  24. Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko & Oitshepile MmaB Modise

  25. The challenge facing endogenous knowledge, education, and Research in Africa
  26. Adebayo Tajudeen Sanni

  27. Futures Thinking: An Agenda for the African Developmental University
  28. Alfred Kitawi

    Part 3: Quality Education for Social Justice and Societal Development

  29. Towards character formation: The dilemma of behaviour modelling among university students in Sub-Saharan Africa
  30. Florence M. Itegi

  31. Inclusive education of visually impaired students in universities in Uganda
  32. Wandera Roberts Otyola & Tumwebaze Callist

  33. The language policy and inequalities in institutions of higher learning in South Africa
  34. Deepak Kumar

  35. Suggestions for improving the relevance of higher education to social change from the case of the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University
  36. Ritah Nabuyungo Edopu, Jude Ssempebwa, & John Baptist Mpoza

  37. Administration-management distinction in higher education: A quality management perspective
  38. Joseph Watuleke & Prof Neema-Abooki

  39. Quality in Adult and Community Education and Training (ACET) in South[ern] Africa
  40. Theoretical Foundations

    S. Tawiah & KP Quan-Baffour

    Part 4: Quality Assurance in Transnational and International Education

  41. Empowering higher education institutions through strengthening internal quality assurance processes: A literature review
  42. Nangula Iipumbu, Kenneth Kamwi Matengu, & Ngepathimo Kadhila

  43. Quality assurance of higher education at the African union level: Drivers and approaches
  44. Lazarus Nabaho & Jessica N Aguti

  45. Continental approaches to promoting quality assurance in higher education in Africa: An historical reflection
  46. Ngepathimo Kadhila, Nangula Iipumbu, & Kenneth Kamwi Matengu

  47. An African developmental agenda for quality assurance in higher education

          Alfred Kitawi & Beatrice Njeru

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Peter Neema-Abooki is Professor of Higher Educational Management and Administration/ Business and Management. His academic credentials include: Doctor of Philosophy and Masters degrees both in Higher Education, Divinity, Theological and Pastoral Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and has rendered service as External Quality Assurance Expert for Programme Review at the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in Namibia. 


"Using the classical definition of ‘quality’ as ‘fitness for purpose’ to assess the outcomes of Higher Education in 21st Century Africa throws up more questions than answers. On the backdrop of universal basic education and the subsequent massification of Higher Education on the African continent and worldwide, this seminal collection of scholarly reports on quality in African Higher Education is pivotal in the ongoing discourse on the role of Higher Education in societal transformation. The future of Higher Education on the African continent greatly hinges on the direction this debate takes and the consequent investment decisions Africa makes."

Dr. Samuel N. Siminyu, Managing Editor, Makerere University Press

"This book stresses the need to be more focused on the research which will assist educators to put more emphasis on giving knowledge which will develop Africa in accordance to her needs. Cognisant of the fact that we live in a global village, nonetheless, Africa must concentrate on developing her potential endowment in a manner that will make her grow to a level on which she can stand and play her role as an equal partner with other nations.

Professor Peter Neema-Abooki has ably contributed to this research and has thoroughly pointed out that Quality Assurance in Higher Education must treat Africa in her natural setting (sitz im leben) while considering her diversities and her complexities. Though the book has turned a wide scope on Africa, it has not lost sight on International focus. The above approach makes this book a handy reference source for researchers in the academic world, and it is also very useful for planners and administrators especially for governments and religious institutions. The book is an ancillary and a vade mecum, not only for those involved in matters of Higher Education, but also useful to all those with a progressive and inquisitive mind. The thematic style of the Editor will make it easy to grasp the subject even for scholars who tend to be too busy. Professor Neema-Abooki has written this book with all the appetite drawn from the experience he earned from having been a Professor of Higher Educational Management and Administration, Human Resource Management in Education, Educational Policy and Planning, Educational Foundations and Curriculum Studies, Religious and Ethical Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Business and Management; imbued with his international exposure."

The Very Rev Msgr. Thomas Kisembo Apuuli, Commissioner for Amnesty Commission - Uganda, Former Regent (7 years), Toro Kingdom; Former Vicar General, Fort Portal Diocese

"This book has a great theme and it is an anthology of success."

His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Dr. Wamala, Archbishop Emeritus of Kampala Archdiocese, First Bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese; Former Chaplain of Makerere University