Tamale, Oct. 4, GNA – The Association of African Universities (AAU) has opened a four-day workshop in Tamale on quality assurance, knowledge and skills for the 21st century higher education.
The workshop, which is being attended by delegates of the higher level institutions across Africa commenced on Tuesday and expected to end on Friday October 05.
Dr. Violet Makuku, from the AAU secretariat who read a speech on behalf of the General Secretary, Prof Etienne Ehile, said the AAU sought to promote quality education in knowledge and skills for higher personnel, because no nation can sustainably progress without contribution from its higher education sector.
She said a country’s global competitiveness relied on its institutions in preparing prospective graduate for industry and the world of work.
She said Africa known as the poorest continent, needed to revive its higher education systems to produce home-grown solutions to its developmental challenges.
Dr Makuku explained that all countries that emerged as economic powerhouses had invested and paid attention to quality research and teaching.
Prof Gabriel Ayum Teye, the Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), said universities must work towards producing high quality graduates through strategic quality assurance measures.
The AAU is the mother association of all Universities in Africa and it has a membership of over 400 universities and its headquarters is in Ghana.
The mission of the Association is to raise the quality of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to Africa’s development.