In addition to introducing the HEA, the meeting highlighted the existing legal framework for higher education and the registration of private higher education institutions.
Speaking at the event, HEA Director General, Stephen Simukanga PhD., said that the HEA was not only tasked with the registration of private universities but with the accreditation of learning programmes in both private and public universities.
Professor Simukanga further stated that the HEA carries out institutional audits which evaluates institutional quality assurance mechanisms three core areas, which include higher education teaching and learning, research and community engagement.
“The evaluation of quality assurance mechanisms for academic programmes constitutes an important part of institutional audits,” Professor Simukanga said.
The Professor stressed that these audits are essential in ensuring the delivery of quality higher education by Higher Education Institutions, adding that the frequency of institutional audits are determined by the HEA per the particular need of that institution.
The meeting further highlighted the requirements, role and mandate of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA).
ZAQA Acting Assistant Director Technical, Tyson Simuzingili, stated that ZAQA is the custodian of all Zambian Qualifications and the reference point for all Non-Zambian Qualifications, with the mandate of developing, overseeing and maintaining the national qualification framework.
“In accrediting, recognising and validating qualifications, ZAQA evaluate qualifications and standards using international comparability, whilst keeping a database of learning achievements,” Mr. Simuzingili said.
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