Mozambique: Role and Functions of Higher Education Councils and Commissions in Africa

Mozambique: Role and Functions of Higher Education Councils and Commissions in Africa
Langa P

This case study forms part of a study into the roles and functions of tertiary or higher education councils and commissions in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The councils/commissions included in the study are:

•    The Botswana Tertiary Education Council
•    The Ghana National Council for Tertiary Education
•    The Kenya Commission for Higher Education
•    The Mauritius Tertiary Education Commission
•    The Mozambique National Council for Quality Assurance
•    The South African Council on Higher Education
•    The Tanzania Commission for Universities, and
•    The Uganda National Council for Higher Education.

The individual case study reports draw together documentary and interview data that was collected and analysed during 2012/2013. Each report provides a detailed description of the creation of the council/commission, how it was structured, what its primary functions were, the challenges it faced in carrying out these functions, as well as the broader (national) context within which it was operating. The reports also provide an analysis of the functions of the councils/commissions and what roles they were playing in the governance of their respective tertiary or higher education sectors.

The findings of the case study reports are compared and analysed in a synthesis report entitled Higher Education Councils and Commissions in Africa: A comparative study of their roles and functions in eight countries (Bailey 2014). Two other major outputs of the study are Higher Education Councils and Commissions in Africa: A comparative study of the legal basis of their establishment, functions, autonomy and accountability (Chirwa 2014) and Higher Education Councils and Commissions in Africa: Financing and funding models (Mohadeb 2013).

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