The 12th Annual East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Forum (EAQAN) is currently underway in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Under the theme “Nurturing Emerging Trends in Higher Education through Quality Assurance,” the forum which kicked off on September 5, provides an opportunity for higher education professionals, experts and other stakeholders in the East African Community to reflect on the place of quality assurance in the region and beyond.

The conference is attended by Heads of National Commissions and Councils for Higher Education, Vice Chancellors and other key stakeholders in the education sector.

“I am glad to learn that the forum has been organised in such a way that, apart from discussions, we will also have a room for experience sharing, good practices excursions, benchmarking, reflections and networking, with a focus on giving higher education an opportunity to reflect on the place of quality assurance in higher education,” said Frederic Bangirinama, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Burundi.

“As the Inter-University Council for East Africa, we believe in the potential power of networks like the East African Higher Education Quality Assurance Network as a tool to advance a common agenda. Their roles can widely vary but their collective impact is significant in driving positive change and addressing complex challenges like the ones the region is currently facing as we forge our way to improve quality education and build a more resilient and competitive EAC higher education.”

The Keynote Speaker, Prof Mike Kuria, the Chief Executive Officer, Commission for University Education, Kenya challenged the participants to reflect on the place of the current Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) systems in higher education institutions in responding to the emerging issues in higher education such as Artificial Intelligence.

Baguma Abdallah, President of EAQAN said the forum is expected to come up with sound recommendations and statements of commitment from higher education quality assurance practitioners to not only confront challenges that impede the achievement of the goal to establish and maintain quality assurance in higher education, but also constraints that hinder desired transformations.