Agreement set to safeguard the quality of academic programmes offered at Higher Education Institutions
The National Council for Higher Education Secretariat (NCHE) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Namibia (ICAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to monitor institutions of higher learning so that they can be more credible.
Dr Alfred Van Kent, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation said on behalf of Deputy Minister Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, said that the NCHE and ICAN will conduct joint academic accreditation programmes of accounting and institutional audits at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
“Such accreditation and audits will be undertaken in accordance with the rules and procedures so provided in a consolidated and mutually agreed quality assurance system,” he added.
He said the aim of programme accreditation and institutional audits is to contribute towards safeguarding the quality of academic programmes offered at Higher Education Institutions in Namibia in order to facilitate employability of graduates, mobility and easy articulation among higher Education Institution, both locally and internationally.
He also called upon all higher educational institutions to ensure that they deliver quality programmes through accreditation and institutional audit and that it is not optional but rather a statutory requirement.
He also mentioned that the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP) has got strategic goals which include the improvement of the effectiveness, quality, efficiency and relevance of the higher education and training system.
Mocks Shivute, Executive Director of NCHE said the MoU enhances domestication of the use of national capacities so as to reduce reliance on external expertise.
“The use of local expertise will not only help in cementing institutional memories, but is also cost effective in terms of pooling resources and timely responses to technical challenges,” he added.