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CHE > Media and Publications > Mous International Qa Organisations > MBA Press Release - The Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) signs Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Quality Assurance Agencies in the United Kingdom and India.
March, 2005

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) United Kingdom
The QAA was established in 1997 and is responsible for safeguarding the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and encouraging continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education in the United Kingdom;

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) India
The NAAC is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission of India in 1994 to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country. It is the outcome of the recommendations of the National Policy in Education (1986) that laid special emphasis on upholding the quality of higher education in India.

On 8 March 2005 at a ceremony in Pretoria the HEQC formalised these two longstanding working relationships with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), United Kingdom and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India.

Mr P Williams, Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) United Kingdom, and Prof V S Prasad, Director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India signed the MoU’s on behalf of their respective countries and Dr M Singh, the Executive Director of the HEQC, signed on behalf of the South African agency.

The MoU’s will enable the HEQC to work together with the QAA and NAAC in order to:

  1. To exchange information and expertise as appropriate. This will include
    • key policy documents and operational information where appropriate
    • information on programmes of study and institutions in which each party has an interest, subject to any overriding requirement of confidentiality to which either agency may be subject.
  2. To provide developmental opportunities as appropriate for staff of both parties.
  3. To collaborate in joint research of mutual benefit.
  4. To co-operate in any other mutually agreed activities for the benefit of both parties thereto.

From its establishment in May 2001 the HEQC has been committed to a quality driven higher education system that contributes to socio-economic development, social justice and innovative scholarship in South Africa. To achieve this end, the HEQC seeks to support the development, maintenance and enhancement of the quality of higher education provision. In the process of the development of its internal systems since its inception, the HEQC has developed good working relationships with quality assurance agencies in different countries. The signature of the MoUs with the Quality Assurance Agencies of the United Kingdom and India ratifies two of these relationships.

It is hoped that this collaboration will enable the HEQC to benchmark its work in a way that will be of ultimate benefit to the HE community in this country. The HEQC already has a cooperation agreement with the Australian Quality Assurance Agency.

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