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Belgium-Brussels: Harmonisation, Quality and Accreditation (HAQAA 2)
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Harmonisation, Quality and Accreditation (HAQAA 2)
Carry out the second phase of the ‘Harmonisation, Quality Assurance and Accreditation’ initiative (HAQAA 2) in order to improve the quality and harmonisation of African higher education and support students’ employability and mobility across the continent while improving the quality assurance and relevance of higher education in Africa and the recognition and transparency of qualifications. This will involve consolidating and expanding the activities carried out during the first phase of the HAQAA initiative.
Contractors premises and Africa
General objectives: to improve the quality and harmonisation of African higher education and support students’ employability and mobility across the continent.
The specific objectives of the Harmonisation, Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) 2" initiative are:
1) Quality assurance culture in higher education institutions is further enhanced;
2) Capacities of quality assurance agencies to implement African Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance is strengthened and cross-regional coordination are enhanced;
3) Capacities of the AU in implementing the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF) are strengthened.
Expected results and activities
1) Quality assurance culture in higher education institutions is further enhanced
— communicate the African Quality Rating Mechanism (AQRM) on-line tool to universities,
— undertake an analysis on findings of evaluations (trends, recommendations).
2) Capacities of quality assurance agencies to implement African Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance are strengthened and cross-regional coordination is enhanced
— development of a user guide for implementing the African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ASG-QA),
— provision of training for quality assurance agency staff and organisation of agency reviews and consultancy visits,
— provision of tailored regional capacity building on the ASG and on the PAQAF in general and support existing regional actions,
— development of complementary training programmes on international quality assurance for regions that do not yet have such a programme, including a train the trainer (ToT) programme.
3) Capacities of the AU in implementing the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF) are strengthened
— support to the AU's working group for higher education in charge of the Continental agenda for education (CESA 2016-2025): organisation of meetings, facilitation of discussions and dissemination of decisions and follow-up measures,
— support the establishment of a technical working group to define the mandate, establishment plan and organisational set up of the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency on the basis of a feasibility study.
These services will consist in the repetition of similar services entrusted to the contractor(s) and will be awarded under the following conditions: compliance with exclusion criteria, selection criteria and award criteria.
Annual Action Programme 2018 of the DCI Pan-African Programme (Commission Implementing decision no C(2018) 7378 final of 30.10.2018, Annex 6)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
European Commission, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Rue Joseph II, 70, B-1049 Brussels.
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Section VI: Complementary information