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This book is empirically grounded on Ignasio Malizani Jimu's firsthand experience of governance and quality control in Malawi higher education. Informed by the liberalisation of higher education and the quality turn in Africa, this book reflects on higher education policy, how higher education institutions manage their core business processes, the dynamic character of their stakeholdership and governance and management arrangements that are involved. Its primary purpose is to contribute to the discourse on increasing access to, regulation of and more importantly the pursuit of quality culture in higher education. Key questions, insights and directions have been packaged in eight chapters, some of which are: the purpose and inclusion in higher education, stakeholdership, context and quality culture in private higher education institutions, peer reviews as quality control mechanism, quality rating of institutions and setting and operating quality assurance units. It is intended for higher education managers, policy makers and students of higher education management.



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Inside the Higher Education Space
Governance, Quality Culture and Future Directions – A Malawi Perspective
Ignasio Malizani Jimu

Langaa Research & Publishing CIG
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Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective

ISBN-10: 9956-552-08-9
ISBN-13: 978-9956-552-08-5
© Ignasio Malizani Jimu 2022

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About the Author
Ignasio Malizani Jimu received university education in Malawi, Botswana and Switzerland. He works for the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) as head of indigenous knowledge systems and practices department. His previous engagements include Associate Professor of Geography at Mzuzu University (2009 – 2014), Quality Assurance Manager (2014 – 2017) and Chief Executive Officer for National Council for Higher Education (2017-2021). His scholarly contributions have appeared as book chapters and articles in: The African Developmental State? Lessons from Botswana and Uganda (CODESRIA, 2005), Forces for Change: Informal organizations in Africa (War on Want, 2006), Transboundary Water Governance in Southern Africa: Examining underexplored dimensions (Namos, BICC and DCAF, 2009), Africa’s Informal Workers: Collective agency, alliances and transnational organizing (Zed Books, 2010), Emerging Trends in Assets Recovery (Peter Lang, 2013) and various articles published by the following journals: PULA Botswana Journal of African Studies; Africa Development; Physics and Chemistry of the Earth; Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies; Journal of African Media Studies; and Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society. He is the author of the following books: Urban Appropriation and Transformation (2008), Peri-urban Land Transactions (2012), and Moving in Circles (2016).
To my granny Anne Elizabeth Mussa
I wish to thank my colleagues and co-workers in the higher education sector who have shared insights, reflections, and lessons covered in this book. Some of the chapters were conceived while I was working for the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE). However, the drafting of all the chapters to their current form was realized while working for the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST). I wish to thank friends and colleagues associated with these institutions, those I have worked with closely over the years and have to some degree helped to sharpen my understanding of the higher education policy context and complexity, its dynamics, stakeholders and governance. My spouse, children and family at large have been fountains of support in the writing of this book. Per tradition of academic writing, while preparing the manuscript, I relied on published works of others, and the sources that were used have been duly acknowledged. At different times, I was privileged to share some thoughts expressed in this book to various audiences, therefore, it is also right and proper to acknowledge their positive feedback. I wish to thank Professor Francis Nyamnjoh for the mentorship and support spanning two decades and in particular, for the realisation of this book. While I share the strengths of this book, the weaknesses are wholly mine. I am responsible for the content and shortfalls in structure, presentation or argument. Finally, the contents of this book do not represent the views or positions of any of the institutions or persons mentioned above or the publisher.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Inside the Higher Education Space
Chapter 2: Purpose and Inclusion in Higher Education
Chapter 3: Stakeholdership and Quality of Higher Education
Chapter 4: Operating Context and Quality Culture in the Private Higher Education Subsector
Chapter 5: Peer Review as a Quality Control Process
Chapter 6: Quality Rating of Higher Education in Malawi
Chapter 7: Setting and Operating Quality Assurance Units in Higher Education Institutions
Chapter 8: The Future of Higher Education
AAU Association of African Universities
AEF Accreditation and Evaluation Framework
AQRM Africa Quality Rating Mechanism
HAQAA HarmonizationofAfricanHigherEducation, Quality assurance and Accreditation
HEI Higher Education Institutions
INQAAHE International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education
MANEB Malawi National Examinations Board
MIE Malawi Institute of Education
MSCE Malawi School Certificate of Education
MUST Malawi University of Science and Technology
NCHE National Council for Higher Education
NCST National Commission for Science and Technology
NESIP National Education Sector Investment Plan
NESP National Education Sector Plan
NGO Non-Governmental Organisations
NQF National Qualifications Framework
ODL Open Distance Learning
QA Quality Assurance
QAU Quality Assurance Units
SAQAN Southern Africa Quality Assurance Network
SARUA Southern Africa Regional Universities Association
SDG Sustainable Development Goals
TEVET Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Educational and Training
Chapter 1
Inside the Higher Education Space
The scope of the higher education space is expansive. It encompasses a broad array of postsecondary education and training institutions whose core business combine teaching (education and training), generation through research and application of knowledge, innovations, skills and technics; adaptation of technology and innovation transfer, and community service. 1 These aspects represent the totality and mission of higher education. A unique feature of higher education institutions (HEIs) is that they educate and certify (warrant) learning. Hence, the term higher education as used in this book refers to institutions that manifest most of the features stated above, in particular, in terms of what they do as their core business, how they conduct their academic processes, the dynamic character of their stakeholdership and the governance and management arrangements.
The higher education process involves a diverse set of elements (curriculum, teaching and assessment) and actors (students; their teachers known variously as lecturers, professors, scholars; administrators; the state; alumni; the business sector; the general public etc.) that are engaged in complex ways. The implication is that the mission, the operationalization (management and governance) of higher education, let alone the outcomes and its quality, are not easy to define. In the specific case of quality, it lies on the perception of each beholder, but also assumes different meanings in different contexts (Cadena et al 2018). That is, perceptions of quality may differ for students, academics or faculty, policymakers, employers, the general public, local and international development partners, among others. It suffices therefore to state that in higher education, quality is multidimensional and contextual.
From the students’ or learners’ perspective quality may mean value for money; needs satisfaction; and alignment of learning to national or international benchmarks. The irony is, drawing on Peter Materu the author of Higher Education Quality Assurance in Sub-Saharan Africa, quality often implies a certain relative measure against a common standard; except that for much of tertiary education such a common standard does not exist. Hence, various concepts have evolved to suit different contexts ranging from quality as a measure for excellence to quality as perfection, quality as value for money, quality as customer satisfaction, quality as fitness for purpose, and quality as transformation of the learner (Materu 2007). Fitness for purpose (the extent to which the institution’s academic and support structures and embedded processes are aligned with their chosen mission statements and with those of the institution) or fitness of purpose (the extent to which there is conformity with national policy and framework, which include governance, planning, funding and resource allocation; connecting the processes, the products, and the relevance of the product and services.
The importance of higher education is not solely in the knowledge amassed by the learner but also in the skills, competences and capabilities gained, over above the spirit to learn cultivated in the learner. According to the Africa-America Institute (2015) higher education yields the following significant benefits for both young people and society: better employment opportunities and job prospects, improved quality of life, and greater economic growth. The attainment of knowledge, higher level skills and competences reflected above should benefit individuals who have access to higher education, their family, immediate community and society at large. The pursuit of learning at higher education level should lead to significant and transformative effects that transcend personal needs, social, territorial and political limits and jurisdictions. 2 Besides developing exploitable and exportable skills, higher education should empower by enabling citizens to understand and make sense of the social, economic and political realities they find themselves in. It should also serve as an important training ground for effective leadership and therefore a nursery for transformative governance agenda. Higher education should influence cultural appreciation and perceptions, challenge harmful traditional practices and taboos that hinder development to the extent that it

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