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Dear Colleagues,

In February this year SARUA sent out an Expression of Interest questionnaire to all Quality Assurance (QA) practitioners on its database and received 89 responses. All the respondents indicated their support for the establishment of the Community of Practice (CoP) and expressed an interest in becoming members thereof. We received constructive input on topics for discussion at webinars and several respondents volunteered to participate as presenters and/ or coordinators. We are encouraged by the feedback that we received and will liaise with you regarding the formalisation of the terms of reference of the CoP as well as the coordinating team for the CoP.

The first CoP webinar for this year will be held on the 18th of April from 15:00 to 17:00 (SAST) as a panel discussion on the topic Perspectives on the implementation of an Institutional Quality Management System. The panel will be chaired by Dr T Goodliffe and the panel members are as follows: Dr P Maqalika (Lesotho), Dr K Lucas (South Africa), Dr L Chitanana (Zimbabwe), Prof. A Nhampule (Mozambique), Mr PS Banzi (Democratic Republic of Congo), Mr O Mwale (Zambia), and Mrs KP Rogbeer (Mauritius).

We look forward to your presence at the webinar.

Yours sincerely,
Bella Sattar

DATE: 18 April 15:00-17:00
DURATION: 2 hours (60 minutes)

Philippe S Banzi

My names are Philippe Semivumbi Banzi from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I completed a Degree in Pedagogy and Teaching French from the Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Bukavu (DRC) then I joined Makerere University (Uganda) where I completed a Masters of Art, Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently pursuing a PhD in Public Administration – Peace Studies at Durban University of Technology (DUT) in South Africa. Area of research: Peace and Peace Studies, the youths and Peacebuilding, Current issues around Teaching – Learning in the Global South. Currently working with the Université Catholique la Sapientia de Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in lecturing and research.

Dr Lockias Chitanana

Dr Lockias Chitanana is the Deputy Director of the Quality Assurance and Professional Development (QAPD) Unit at Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. His main responsibility is to ensure that quality assurance requirements and processes are developed in line with national standards and that academic standards and quality processes are set and maintained at an appropriate level and satisfy the requirements and standards of external agencies. He is an experienced teacher educator in the area of Technology Education, specialising in Information Communication Technology integration and instructional technology. He has taught Educational Technology and ICT curriculum integration for twenty years at university and teacher training college levels. In addition, Dr Chitanana has developed and facilitated online teacher professional development courses with various national and international organisations, such as the International Education and Resource Network (i*EARN), World Links for Development (WorLD), Discovery Channel Global Education Fund Workshop and Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa (NIZA), since 1999. He has also worked as an Online Learning Circle and online collaborative project coordinator with i*EARN), the Global Teenager Project (GTP) and WorLD, since 1999. Dr Chitanana has completed the Harmonisation, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in African Higher Education (HAQAA2) MOOC series on Regional and Continental Integration and Cooperation in Higher Education and organised by AAU and OBREAL Global and is also a trained peer reviewer to carry out External Academic and Institutional Quality Assurance Audits with the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE). Dr Chitanana is a holder of a PhD in technology education from the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

Dr Kirsten Lucas

Kirsten is a Quality Assurance Manager at the University of Limpopo (South Africa).  Kirsten started her career as a lecturer of Biochemistry at the then University of the North, now University of Limpopo.  She reached the position of Senior Lecturer in the Biochemistry Department once obtaining her PhD at the University. She moved to the Quality Assurance Unit after taking professional development courses in teaching and learning, assessment, and curriculum design, which sparked her interest in Quality Assurance.  Her main role in the Quality Assurance Unit is to facilitate programme approval, accreditation and registration for all new or revised programmes offered by the University.  Kirsten also facilitates the external review process of professional programmes.  She assisted in setting up the internal programme review process at the University and continues to provide support. She has participated in accreditation activities of the CHE, and is currently a member of the Accreditation Committee. She recently obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (for academic developers). After serving more than 10 years in quality assurance, she continues to learn and is excited by Higher education Quality Assurance matters.

Dr Papali Elizabeth Maqalike

Lecturer and Quality Assurance Coordinator at the National University of Lesotho
Papali: The Textile Scientist, Apparel Technologist, Consumer Scientist & Quality Assurance Practitioner in Higher Education

Dr Papali lives in her home Berea Lesotho where she has lived for the past 23 years. She is passionate about passing the professional baton to the young and upcoming professionals, and values Quality of Higher Education and holds a deeply rooted “resolve” that the best can be accomplished by quality assurance. As an communicator and presenter willing to render her skills any day, Dr Papali graduated Top of her class at University of Swaziland, batch 2003 and believes that “Good quality education prepares candidates both for jobs and enterprise more of the latter.”. In 2015 she became the leader of the Consumer Science Unit and Programme in the faculty of Agriculture, followed by becoming the National Subject Expert & Curriculum Evaluator for the Ministry of Education Lesotho in 2018. In 2019 Dr Papali started the Textiles product development project under incubation as a startup company and became the first PhD holder inTextile Science in Lesotho the following year. In 2023 she successfully established a research collaboration with Professors Michelle Burton & Jihyum Kim-Vick both the School of Fashion in Kent State University, United States of America. (The project: Sustainability of the Fashion business and Textile in circular economy.)

Mr. Oscar G. L Mwale – MEDA, PDTM, BALIS

Mr Oscar is a Zambian citizen currently residing in the capital city in Lusaka. He has served as an Assistant Librarian at the University of Lusaka and also served as a Lecturer in the School of Education, Social Sciences and Technology. He is currently serving as the Quality Assurance Officer at the University.  He has over five years of experience in teaching and research at undergraduate level and quality assurance in higher learning institutions. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Zambia, and a Master’s degree from University of Lusaka, in Lusaka, Zambia. He also holds a diploma in Teaching Methodology and also in African Regional and Continental Integration and Cooperation in Higher Education. Additionally he holds a certificate in Harmonization, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in African Higher Education. In his leisure time, he likes to read and do a lot of gardening.

Prof. Ana Maria Nhampule

Ana NhampuleVice-Rector of Joaquim Chissano University
PhD in Education: Curriculum, from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (2013); Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Development from Eduardo Mondlane University (2004); Graduated in Portuguese Language and Culture: Foreign Language, by University of Lisbon (1995).

With multifaceted professional experience as an educationist, Ana Nhampule is the Former President of the National Council for Assessment and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (CNAQ). And she has participation in international bodies and initiatives for the development and implementation of quality assurance mechanisms as member of the Southern African Technical Committee on Certification and Accreditation (TCCA), from 2015 to 2021; Member of advisory board on continental projects for harmonization of higher education (HAQAA (2015-2020), Tuning Africa II (2016-2019), ACQF (2019-2020)) and member of technical committees (Technical Working Group for the Establishment of the Pan-African Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation (2020-2022); and Taskforce for the establishment of the African Credits Transfer System for higher education (2021-2022)). She participated in the processes of establishment and implementation of training programs in public administration and management. In curriculum development, she also has experience on research, design, and implementation of programs for higher education, basic education, and teacher/training.

Mrs. Kalyani Putty-Rogbeer

Mrs. Kalyani Putty-Rogbeer is currently Officer-in-Charge of the Quality Assurance Division of the Quality Assurance Authority, Mauritius. She has acquired over 16 years of experience in the design and implementation of regulatory/ quality assurance framework for higher education. During her career, she has worked extensively in the development of quality assurance guidelines for accreditation, quality audits and the accreditation of professional qualifications such as medical, dental and nursing education. Kalyani is a trained Quality Assurance Auditor with the Australian Universities Quality Assurance Agency, Australia and her work in the regulation and quality assurance of higher education has been appreciated at various regional and international forums.

Kalyani graduated from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India with a Masters of International Politics with specialisation in International Relations. She is currently reading for a Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Management, from the University of Bath, UK and her research focuses on the accountability relationships between quality assurance agencies and higher education providers.

Dr Tess Goodliffe

Dr Tess Goodliffe is a higher education quality consultant and trainer based in France. She was Deputy CEO Technical Affairs for the former Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) and her role in the OAAA supported the implementation and management of the institutional and programme accreditation system as well as the provision of capacity building for institutions and external reviewers.

She is now working with higher education institutions and quality agencies in all areas of development, strategy, review and capacity development. As well as working with the OAAA, she has worked with the Ministry of Education, Myanmar (through Cardno and AUSAid); University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka; Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), UAE: Education and Training Quality Authority, Bahrain, SARUA in Southern Africa and ISPD, Belgium.

Before joining the OAAA in 2007, she was the Associate Dean (Professional Development) for Caledonian College of Engineering, Oman. Her role involved oversight of the development and implementation of the undergraduate Professional Development Planning module as well as student and staff professional development and student support services.

In terms of external quality assurance review activities, Tess has been a reviewer for QAA Scotland and has also served as a reviewer for the Bahrain Quality Assurance Agency, CHE in South Africa and UQAIB in Dubai. She has published articles and delivered presentations at a number of local, regional and international conferences and was formerly Reflections Editor for the online journal ‘Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives’. In 2006 Tess was awarded the UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education Silver Badge of Honour for her contribution to engineering education.