United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last
Tuesday organised an inception meeting with stakeholders on the UNESCO-Shenzhen
joint project on quality assurance and recognition of tools in higher education
Funded by the Chinese government to ten African countries including The Gambia. The project aimed to assist higher education systems to further develop their mechanisms by putting in place the necessary quality assessment tools to facilitate furtherance of study programmes.
Addressing the meeting at the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) office along Kairaba Avenue, chief executive officer of the Authority Dr. Gibril Jaw said the project had provided opportunity to enhance quality education practices and procedure through the building of requisite expertise and personnel.
Dr. Jaw said to strengthen quality infrastructure, there is the need to conduct needs assessment surveys to ascertain the status of quality assurance and gaps within the tertiary and higher education sectors.
He said when the survey is implemented, it will create a baseline on quality assurance system in developing programmes, based on the needs of the labour markets, recognition of qualification and studies to increase academic and student mobility for knowledge sharing.
Anthony G. Mendy, focal point of the UNESCO-Shenzhen project said the overall objective of the project is to assist higher education to develop their quality assurance mechanism for the assessment tools for qualifications in The Gambia.
He also said that quality assurance is the ultimate factor used to determine the recognition of qualifications to help build mutual trust among countries for the successful implementation of the Addis Ababa Convention which aim to enhance transnational mobility for students.