A leader in coordinating higher education in pursuit of a knowledge-based society
To ensure a coordinated and excellent higher education system through equitable access and quality service delivery
EQUITABLE ACCESS TO QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION
The NCHE has as objects to promote the establishment of a co-ordinated higher education system, the access of students to higher education institutions, and quality assurance in higher education; as well as to advise on the allocation of moneys to public higher education institutions.
Pursuant to the Higher Education Act, the NCHE is responsible for:
As an oversight body responsible for higher education we espouse equitable educational opportunities starting from early childhood and continuing throughout life.
It is, therefore, expected that the NCHE plays an important role with regard to the governance and financial management as well as to seek a balance between quality, equity, efficiency and effectiveness in the higher education system.
Above all, the NCHE is expected to set the trend in contributing valuable knowledge about the latest thinking on higher education.
As a body responsible for higher education, we are also convinced that higher education institutions can play a crucial role in human capital development and innovation systems which are the pre-requisite to achieve our long term national objective –Vision 2030 which calls for an industrialised and knowledge-based society.
There is no doubt that in this globalised economy, education is the engine for growth and development.
It is, therefore, incumbent upon the NCHE to ensure collaboration between industry and higher education institutions to warrant that graduates upon completion have skills that are responsive and relevant to the market demand.
Through collaboration, industry and academia are expected to work hand in hand to develop future employees who are well versed in recent trends in the job market in order to drive growth and development.
Of course, we have to acknowledge that higher education institutions will always face a number of constraints and difficulties, but with the government of the day which has resolved to make education the leading sector in national budget allocation, we foresee light at the end of the tunnel.
It is also expected that higher education institutions' graduates in their different capacities, share ideas and suggest possible solutions to problems that affect our young nation instead of assuming the position of "fence-sitters" and expect government to do everything.
It is said that higher education is no longer a mere public service but also a private good.
In conclusion, it is of cardinal importance to reflect and ponder on the outcome of the feasibility study for the international Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) which posed the following questions:
Therefore, for higher education to succeed, we need to blend forward looking politicians and academics.