The June 2019 meeting of the SDAC Ministers for Education and Training, Science, Technology, and Innovation, mandated SARUA to develop a higher education database for the SADC in consultation with all key stakeholders in the public and private higher education sectors in the region. The purpose of the Regional Higher Education Management Information System (RHEMIS) is to improve higher education data collection capability within the SADC. While the regional higher education sector plays a critical role in the realisation of regional policies such as the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063 and the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan 20202-2030, there is a dearth of reliable information and data on the sector.
The RHEMIS will promote evidence-based planning and policy development in support of regional integration. More concretely, it will allow the SADC to monitor how successfully it is achieving goals such as equitable access to quality educational opportunities, increased enrolment in science and technology disciplines and more coherent planning and provision of regional higher education supply and demand requirements in specific fields of study.
The development of the RHEMIS will equip SARUA and its member universities with an integrated, standardized data system. The database will provide access to information on student participation, including equity and inclusion, in various levels and fields of study, graduate profiles, and staff and research profiles. This comprehensive view of the regional higher education landscape, which will beupdated on regular basis, will enhance decision-making and academic planning, foster collaboration, and enable benchmarking and joint research. highlighting trends, gaps, and collaboration opportunities.