Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA2 Initiative)


HAQAA2 is the second phase of the Initiative for the Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation. It is intended to build upon, upscale and promote the results of HAQAA1 (2015-2018) which underpinned and advanced the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF). Key activities of HAQAA1 included the development of the African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ASG-QA) and the piloting of a methodology for evaluating quality assurance agencies in Africa, as well as training for quality assurance professionals across the continent and the promotion of the African Quality Rating Mechanism for higher education institutions.

Aims and activities

HAQAA2 has the overall objective to improve the quality and harmonisation of African higher education and support students’ employability and mobility across the continent. The specific goals are to:

  • Enhance quality assurance culture in higher education institutions.
  • Enhance the capacities of quality assurance agencies to implement the ASG-QA and strengthen cross-regional cooperation.
  • Strengthen the capacities of the African Union in implementing the PAQAF.


HAQAA2 will include the following activities:

  • Further promote the uptake and usage of the ASG-QA amongst quality assurance agencies and systems in Africa, via agency reviews and consultancy visits to countries that are developing agencies.
  • Further promote the African Quality Rating Mechanism, in conjunction with the ASG-QA, as an African tool for institutional quality assessment and institutional quality improvement.
  • Support the African Union Commission in the set-up of the African Continental Agency.
  • Promote the different action lines and tools of the PAQAF via training, communication and facilitating cooperation between regions and partners.

ENQA’s role

ENQA will coordinate the reviews and consultancy visits for quality assurance agencies and facilitate a Task Force that will analyse the outcomes of the reviews and develop a Users’ Guide for the ASG-QA.


The HAQAA2 implementing team consists of OBREAL/Global Observatory (GLOBALOBS), the Association of African Universities (AAU), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and ENQA.

Funding and duration

HAQAA2 runs from December 2019 to December 2022. The Initiative is funded by the European Commission and the African Union as part of the Africa-EU Partnership.

Contact and further information

Further information on the project can be found on the HAQAA2 website.

ENQA’s contribution to the Initiative is managed by Anna Gover.

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