Assuring Quality Higher Education in Sierra Leone is bringing together higher education institutions across Sierra Leone to improve quality management in higher education and support the introduction and implementation of outcome-based education. It aims to bring about a student-centred focus within higher education across the country, leading to a more responsive and capable national workforce.

The challenge

Sierra Leone’s higher education system has been negatively affected by poor financing, limited staff training opportunities, ailing research infrastructure and the lack of an effective quality management system. This has led to teachers at the higher education level being unable to align course content with the needs of the job market and the aspirations of the growing number of students.

The solution

The partnership is creating an enabling environment for the introduction of outcome-based education by establishing a National Qualifications Framework and complementary assurance systems. It is supporting the implementation of outcome-based education by helping to realign curricula, building the capacity of staff and introducing innovative teaching and learning systems across higher education institutions. In this way, the partnership will lay the foundation for introducing innovative teaching and learning systems and ensuring lecturers can utilise emerging IT opportunities to create a rich mix of classroom experiences for students.

The partners

The Assuring Quality of Higher Education in Sierra Leone partnership is led by the University of Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone), working with Njala University (Sierra Leone), the University of Makeni (Sierra Leone), Tertiary Education Commission (Sierra Leone), Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers (Sierra Leone), King’s College London (UK), the 50/50 Group, INASP (UK), and the University of Illinois (US).