Programme Accreditation has become the most effective way of assuring quality of academic programmes, thus, also the most effective marketing tool. Higher Education Institutions are all enthusiastic to have their respective programmes accredited.
As such, the NCHE has begun this rigorous process with the aim to give the public reliable information.
The NCHE has requested the two public Higher Education Institutions (the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Namibia) to select three academic programmes each, which are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), to undergo the accreditation exercise.
The Polytechnic of Namibia selected the following three programmes:
Bachelor of Environmental Health Sciences (NQF Level 8);
Bachelor of Office Management and Technology, (NQF Level 7); and
Bachelor of Information Technology in Business Computing, (NQF Level 7).
The Accreditation schedule is as follow: 29 September 2014 – 2 October 2014; 6 – 8 October 2014; and 13 – 15 October 2014, respectively.
The University of Namibia opted for the following three programmes:
Bachelor of Laws Honours (NQF Level 8);
Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering Honours (NQF Level 8); and
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Honours (NQF Level 8).
The UNAM tentative Accreditation schedule is as follow: Bachelor of Science in CHEMISTRY 20-22 October 2014; Bachelor of LAW 27-29 October 2014 and Bachelor of METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING 3-5 November 2014.
The NCHE has appointed internationally recognized different subject matter experts for the respective programmes. The experts range from academics, professionals, as well as quality assurance experts, including NCHE Secretariat staff. Students are crucial stakeholders in education, higher education in particular, thus, they also form part of the accreditation panels.
Watch this space for the accreditation status of the respective afore- stated programmes!!!
Currently, NCHE is in a process of registering five private HEIs, namely, International University of Management (IUM), Institute of Open Learning (IOL), Head start Montessori, Institute of Bankers (IoB) and Triumphant College.
Institutional Financial documents are amongst the documents to be considered during the registration process. A local financial expert has been secured to analyse and interpret the financial and other related documents.
Financial and business scrutiny, 14-21 July 2014, External Financial Expert.
Pre-screening by Secretariat, 25 July 2014, Secretariat
Evaluation by QA Committee, 30 July 2014, QA Committee
Recommendation of QA Committee to ExCo Ordinary Meeting, 19 august 2014, QA Committee Chairperson.
Registration consideration by the Council, 9 September 2014, Council.
Ceremony to hand over certificates to registered by private HEIs, 23 September 2014, Chairperson and Secretariat.
The NCHE Secretariat revised its existing five-year Strategic Plan at a workshop held in Otjiwarongo during the first quarter of this year.
The main aim of the workshop was to align the organisation’s existing Strategic Plan to the fourth National Development Plan (NDP4). This Plan is based on the logical Strategic Planning Framework for the Public Service of Namibia.
The core exercise included an assessment comprising strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, which highlighted key issues in the various Divisions. These issues are transformed into strategic objectives to be addressed during the next four years.
Furthermore, key limitations which might affect the Council’s core mandate, being structural, infrastructural and budgetary constraints, as well as the amendment of the Higher Education Act (Act No. 26 of 2003), were identified. These issues were deemed as imperative components of the 2013 – 2017 Strategic Plan, but would be insignificant if unaccompanied by Strategic Leadership and Management.
The crux of the Secretariat’s expressed need is to ensure aligned strategic leadership that (1) understands the strategic planning process, methodology and its implications; (2) comprehends the importance of cross functional alignment and strategic focus; and (3) ensures a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation of the Plan’s implementation.
In order to implement its Strategic Plan, it was cascaded to an Annual Plan for the 2013/2014 financial year. This Annual Plan, a product of a consultative and participatory planning process, was developed with the collective inputs from the management and staff members of the NCHE Secretariat under professional guidance from the Office of the Prime Minister