Programme Accreditation and Re-accredidation

The focus in the accreditation of new programmes is on evaluation of their capacity or potential to meet the NCHE's quality requirements within a specified period of time. Consequently, the evaluation focuses on the quality of the policies, strategies, procedures, curriculum, etc. that have been developed for the new programme. In the case of existing programmes, the focus is more on evaluation of implementation aspects and the achieved learning outcomes.

The Programme Accreditation Manual provides to both the higher education provider, as well as the NCHE Secretariat, guidance and advice on how best to implement the programme accreditation system. As laid down in the Quality Assurance System for Higher Education in Namibia, where necessary, NCHE also cooperate with other Statutory Bodies to develop Integrated Accreditation Manuals for dual accreditation purposes.

The first step in the procedures for programme accreditation for an institution that intends to offer new programmes is to apply to the NCHE for accreditation of the programmes. The Application Form (Download Here) must be completed by both the public and private higher education institutions, offering higher education programmes at NQF Level 5 and above. Completed application forms must be submitted officially to the NCHE Secretariat.

Accreditation of a new/existing programme is valid for a maximum period of six years, after which the programme becomes eligible for re-accreditation. However, NCHE reserves the right to require re-accreditation of the programme before the cycle lapses if evidence points to serious inadequacies, if more than 40 per cent of the contents of the curriculum are changed and/or when the programme is offered at a new site of delivery.

According to the Quality Assurance System for Higher Education in Namibia (2009), apart from meeting the NCHE's accreditation requirements, the programmes must meet the requirements of other statutory bodies, where applicable. Thus, NCHE entered into cooperation agreements with different professional bodies to streamline the accreditation process by endorsing the programmes after the professional bodies approve the curricula.

The following is the list of academic programmes accredited by NCHE:

Programme Institution Accreditation Period
Bachelor of Science In Agriculture, (Agricultural Economics) Honours Level 8 UNAM Accredited with conditions, May 2019 – April 2021
Bachelor of Accounting (Chartered Accountancy Stream) Level 7 Institute for Chartered Accountants of Namibia Accredited, February 2023- January 2027
Bachelor of Accounting (Chartered Accountancy) level 8 UNAM Accredited with conditions, From April 2020-March 2022
Bachelor of Accounting Honours Level 8 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years – December 2023- November 2029
Bachelor of Accounting Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, February 2019 – January 2021
Bachelor of Agriculture Honours Level 8 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, July 2018 - June 2024 [AC-NUST 0012]
Bachelor of Agriculture in Animal Science Honours Level 8 UNAM Accredited, December 2022 - November 2028
Bachelor of Agriculture Level 7 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, July 2018 - June 2024 [AC-NUST 0011]
Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Theatre Arts Level 7 UNAM Accredited with conditions, December 2022 - November 2024
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities Level 7 UNAM Accredited with conditions, December 2022 - November 2024
Bachelor of Arts in Multiculturalism and Society Level 7 UNAM Accredited with conditions, December 2022 - November 2024
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Level 7 UNAM Accredited with conditions, December 2022 - November 2024
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Level 8 Health Professions Councils of Namibia Accredited, December 2022- November 2023
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Honours Level 7 Health Professions Councils of Namibia Accredited, December 2022- November 2023
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences Level 8 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, July 2016 - June 2022 [AC-NUST0003]
Bachelor of Business Administration Level 7 UNAM Accredited with conditions, December 2022 - November 2024
Bachelor of Business Management Honours Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, December 2019-November 2020
Bachelor of Business Management Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, March 2019 – February 2021
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Level 7 UNAM Accredited with conditions, December 2023- November 2025
Bachelor of Communication Honours Level 8 NUST Accredited with conditions, March 2019 – February 2021
Bachelor of Communication Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, March 2019 – February 2021
Bachelor of Computer Science Honours (Communication Networks) Level 8 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, July 2018 - June 2024 [AC-NUST 0013]
Bachelor of Computer Science Software Development Honours Level 8 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, From August 2018 - July 2024 [AC-NUST 0018]
Bachelor of Criminal Justice Honours Level 8 NUST Accredited with conditions, February 2019 – January 2021
Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Correctional Management Level 7 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, July 2018 - June 2024 [AC-NUST 0017]
Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Policing Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, February 2019 – January 2021
Bachelor of Dental Surgery Level 8 Health Professions Councils of Namibia Accredited, December 2022- November 2023
Bachelor of Economics Honours Level 8 UNAM Accredited for the full cycle of six years, September 2015 – August 2021 [AC-UNAM0003]
Bachelor of Economics Level 7 UNAM Accredited, December 2022 - November 2028
Bachelor of Economics Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, February 2019 – January 2021
Bachelor of Education (Pre- and Lower Primary Education) Honours Level 8 UNAM Accredited with conditions, October 2015 - September 2018
Bachelor of Education Honours in Junior Primary Level 8 Sunshine Private College Accredited for a full cycle of six years, April 2024- March 2030
Bachelor of Education Honours in Senior Primary Level 8 Sunshine Private College Accredited for a full cycle of six years, April 2024- March 2030
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Junior Primary Education Honours Level 8 UNAM Accredited with conditions, December 2022 - November 2024
Bachelor of Education in Educational Planning and Administration Honours Level 8 NUST Accredited for a full cycle of six years, December 2023 - November 2029
Bachelor of Education in Organisational Learning and Development Level 7 UNAM Accredited with conditions, December 2022 - November 2024
Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education Honours Level 8 UNAM Accredited, December 2022 - November 2028
Bachelor of Education in Senior Primary Education Honours Level 8 UNAM Accredited, December 2022 - November 2028
Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering Level 8 NUST Accredited for a full cycle of six years, November 2021- October 2027 [AC-NUST 0025]
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Level 8 NUST Accredited for a full cycle of six years, August 2021- July 2027 [AC-NUST 0024]
Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgy Level 8 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, July 2018 - June 2024 [AC-NUST 0014]
Bachelor of Engineering: Mining Level 8 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, From August 2018 - July 2024 [AC-NUST 0020]
Bachelor of English Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, February 2019 – January 2021
Bachelor of English Level 8 NUST Accredited with conditions, February 2019 – January 2021
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, December 2023-November 2025
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, March 2019 – February 2021
Bachelor of Environmental Health Sciences Level 8 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, October 2014 - September 2020 [AC-NUST0001]
Bachelor of Geo-information Technology Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, September 2015 - August 2018
Bachelor of Geoinformation Technology Honours Level 8 NUST Accredited for the full cycle of six years, July 2018 - June 2024 [AC-NUST 0016]
Bachelor of Geomatics Level 7 NUST Accredited with conditions, June 2019 – July 2022

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