Eastern Africa

Eastern Africa universitiesEastern Africa Universities & Higher Education Outlook

Eastern Africa universities have inched closer to harmonising and standardising their university education systems, potentially boosting student access and mobility. But the improvements will require major changes to individual countries’ education systems.

East Africa universities are being pushed to review their degree classification criteria in order to meet regional standards, as it strives to harmonise university education in the region. This means that it will be possible for a Tanzanian student, for example, to enrol at the University of Dar es Salaam for a degree but graduate at Kenya’s University of Nairobi under a credit accumulation and transfer system. East Africa aims to achieve a unified university education system in the region. Harmonising university education in the region will also mean standardisation. Teaching staff from one country will be able to work at any university in the region.

While university education in Eastern Africa has grown rapidly in the past 20 years many challenges have impeded the provision of quality higher education:

  • Insufficient human capacity
  • Inadequate funding
  • Lack of standards and mechanisms to regulate the quality of e-learning and cross-border education.

It is noticeable the amount of unique contributions that Eastern Africa universities and higher education institutions have made to the adoption of innovation in a variety of fields within the region.  Greater efforts should be made to strengthen the contribution of higher education to “innovation, especially in the promotion of endogenous technologies and cultural heritage.