Tuning Africa The African Higher Education system is undergoing a tremendous transformation process. This includes a number of national, regional and continental initiatives which are the Nyerere programme, the African higher Education Harmonisation and Quality Assurance programme, the Pan-African University and many others.
One initiative which links institutional, national, regional, continental and international endeavours is the African Higher Education Harmonisation and Tuning Project (Tuning Africa), which is part of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership. This uses an internationally established methodology to enhance degree comparability, graduate mobility and employability.
The objective of this initiative is to further strengthen the cooperation between EU and African Higher Education Areas, to address the key features of the African Higher Education Harmonisation Strategy and to enable closer ties between higher education policy makers.
Tuning is a collaborative, consultative process involving academics working in subject groups with employers and other stakeholders in curriculum development to enhance student competences. Tuning projects in higher education have been successfully completed in over sixty countries around the world. Tuning projects help to:
- Improve staff capacity to design and develop curricula;
- Provide opportunities for generation of additional resources;
- Support effective and productive networking.
Tuning Africa will run over 18 months. There will be 5 subject areas open to all African degree-awarding higher education institutions but each led by a region as follows:
- Medicine – Northern Africa
- Teacher Education – Southern Africa
- Agriculture – Western Africa
- Mechanical Engineering – Central Africa
- Construction Engineering – East Africa
A call has just been launched inviting universities across the continent to apply for this initiative. The deadline for applications is 24 November 2011 after which 60 universities will be selected to participate. Full information on the call can be found at: http://www.tuningafrica.org
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