Reinforce the work of your Quality Assurance agency through our comprehensive agency reviews, consultancy visits and follow-up visits. Increase your agency’s visibility, contribute to its further development and demonstrate strong accountability – all while playing a key role in the consolidation of a robust, continent-wide African Quality Assurance framework for higher education

What is an agency review?

The principal aim of HAQAA3 Agency Reviews is to support the development of quality assurance agencies in line with the African Standards for Quality Assurance (ASG-QA) and to enhance the implementation of external quality assurance.

  • Agency reviews are a mechanism for quality attainment that takes into account each local context and aims at allowing an enhancement-led approach for the escalation of institutional and educational quality.
  • The main aim of an external review is to evaluate whether and to what extent an agency complies with the standards in part B and C of the ASG-QA.
  • The review is an evidence-based peer-review process carried out by independent experts.
  • The process is transparent, and outputs are published.
Ultimately, the ASG-QA and the agency reviews based on them shall impact higher education systems in Africa and beyond by:
 
  • Providing a common framework for QA in Africa.
  • Developing mutual trust.
  • Ensuring quality improvement and enhancement.
  • Fostering transparency and accountability.
  • Embedding a sustainable quality culture in higher education.
  • Supporting the development of national QA systems and agencies that are aligned with the rest of the continent in terms of quality standards.

Review options

The review process

The review process has an estimated duration of 14 months. Upon the official registration, the agency will be provided with targeted training to complete the self-assessment report and follow the review process. Once the self-assessment report is completed and submitted (ca. 8 months after registration), a site visit will be carried out by an expert team (ca. 10 months after registration). A review report will be produced (final version sent to the agency ca. 14 months after registration) by the expert team based on the self-assessment report and the information collected during the site visit.

Timeline

EARLY 2025

FIRST CALL FOR PARTICIPATION 

2025

FIRST ROUND OF TARGETED TRAININGS FOR AGENCIES UNDERGOING A REVIEW

2025-2026

FIRST ROUND OF REVIEWS AND CONSULTANCY VISITS

END 2026

SECOND CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

EARLY 2027

SECOND ROUND OF TARGETED TRAININGS FOR AGENCIES UNDERGOING A REVIEW

2027-2028

SECOND ROUND OF REVIEWS AND CONSULTANCY VISIT, INCLUDING TRAINING FOR AGENCIES