As part of the HAQAA Initiative, 15 institutional evaluations were conducted in 2017, utilizing the African Quality Rating Mechanism – AQRM – as a key evaluation tool. The 15 institutions selected are from different African regions, and have the opportunity to participate in a training workshop that helped to guide their institutional assessment process. For selected institutions, the self-rating (AQRM survey) of the institutions were validated by international external reviewers through site visits (1 per institution).
The outcomes of the AQRM exercise will be an evaluation report that will be made public as a means to further promote AQRM in Africa and also, more generally, transparency around institutional quality culture. It is expected that the institutions that participate will have a valuable opportunity to enhance their internal QA procedures and ‘quality culture’ and contribute to the African higher education harmonization objectives more broadly.