The UNIQUE Project was established to promote strategic academic cooperation, harmonisation and internationalisation of quality assurance and enhancement systems in learning, teaching and research. The project is established in eight countries, with Namibia being the only African country that serves as a hub for the rest of the Continent.
The project functions on the comparability of different higher education systems and also aims to foster international exchange among students and staff to find international recognition.
The Regional UNIQUE Centre aims to provide expert support and guidance to the international relations and quality enhancement and assurance processes of the Poly and other higher education institutions.
During the official launch, the Rector of the Poly, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, said a quality assurance system is important to ensure that the programmes and services the Poly is offering are relevant and responsive to the needs of learners, employers and other stakeholders that will contribute to national development.
“The Poly is known to be a leader in higher education quality assurance. It has managed to establish an exemplary track record of quality assurance practices partly because it had to develop most of its academic programmes anew,” Tjivikua said.
Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, addressed the launch on behalf of her Minister, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi, and said: “If universities are to produce well-rounded and holistic graduates ready to contribute to sustainable human development in a global competitive world, then the role of quality assurance in higher education systems cannot be overemphasised.”
The Minister said globalisation of knowledge and skills and mobility of people require that universities communicate, cooperate and consolidate. The challenges facing higher education cannot be adequately addressed by one country or university in isolation.
The partners involved are Aston University (UK); Birla Institute of Management Technology (India); Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico); University of Alicante (Spain); University of International Business and Economics (China); Veronezh State University (Russia) and World University Service GRAZ (Austria). All these partners are coordinated by FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Austria). The UNIQUE Project is funded by the European Commission for 30 months under the Erasmus Mundus Programme.