SARUA hosted a webinar on the State of Play of Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) in the SADC on 17 August 2021. As discussed at the webinar, SARUA’s project on the State of Play of IQA is the first step in the establishment of a Community of Practice for Internal Quality Assurance. SARUA has sent out an invitation to webinar participants to indicate their interest in participating in the focus group interviews, which will be used to develop an initial understanding of the needs of higher education institutions in the SADC relating to capacity development for IQA. It is envisaged that the focus groups will comprise a total of 100 to 120 individuals. SARUA will communicate with participants who have been selected.
It is important to note that the focus group discussions will inform the development of a needs analysis questionnaire that will be widely disseminated. Building on the findings of the focus groups, the questionnaire results will lead to the development of SARUA’s report on the State of Play of IQA in the SADC. Please note that the purpose of this project is to engage in regional exploratory study of IQA with a view to developing a capacity building programme for IQA. Therefore, the purpose of this project is developmental, and differs from studies which engage in an evaluation of institutional IQA initiatives. If you are interested in participating in the focus group meetings, a link to the “Expression of interest” form is available here (https://forms.gle/SZsWD6JaHqFH8ufdA). Please submit the form to SARUA by 10 September 2021.