New ways to solve the data collection problem in African Higher Education

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Africa

New ways to solve the data collection problem in African Higher Education

Kibrome M. Haile

Abstract

CESA (Continental Education Strategy for Africa) 2016-25 represents the commitment of African countries, under the framework of the AU, to transform education and training systems in Africa, considered critical for national development and international outreach. For this to be effective, it requires informed data-based policymaking at the various levels of decision-making. However, despite efforts at continental and regional levels, collection and accessibility of timely, relevant and comparable HE data remains a serious problem in Africa. It is necessary now to build upon previous often unsuccessful experiences and look for new ways of addressing the issue. This contribution introduces developments towards such an approach, born out of the work of HAQAA 2’s PDU Development Team. The approach focuses on data collection in the regions and uses the regions as building blocks for a continental solution. It follows consultations with relevant stakeholders in the continent; considers the relatively meaningful progress being made towards HE Integration and data collection in the regions and the need to complement these developments and avoid redundancy; is cognizant of the differences in the level of preparedness and practical necessities of the various regions and is informed by the overall trend of the RI process in Africa.

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