The HAQAA3 Initiative is an ambitious response to African and international development objectives, framed within the context of the EU’s growing investment in African partnership. It continues and expands the work done under HAQAA1 (2015-2018) and HAQAA2 (2019-2022).
HAQAA1 and HAQAA2 have demonstrated that higher education can be a backbone for and advocate of continental integration. Both initiatives have given voice, structure and visibility to the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) in the field of higher education, and more specifically to the African Union endorsed Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF).
ENQA’s involvement in all three phases of the HAQAA Initiative supports the strong alignment between the African and European quality assurance frameworks, facilitating mobility, recognition and partnerships between the two regions and complementing the links that many ENQA members have with agencies and institutions in Africa.
HAQAA3 aims to:
HAQAA3 will develop its activities across five working areas:
ENQA will support the coordination of external reviews and consultancy visits at quality assurance agencies across Africa, building on the experiences of the previous two rounds of activities. The focus in HAQAA3 will be on engaging a greater number of agencies in the exercise, building the capacity for review coordination in our African counterparts, and exploring the mechanisms and consequences for compliance judgements in the context of the proposed Pan-African Quality Assurance Agency. ENQA will also contribute to training for external quality assurance, support policy dialogue between Africa and other world regions, and coordinate a review of the African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ASG-QA).
The HAQAA3 implementing team consists of OBREAL Global, the Association of African Universities, DAAD, and ENQA.