Educators, Readers, Visitors and Surfers, you are Welcome to this Portal/site, which is the domain of the QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) of UofA of Nigeria. The Quality Assurance is under direct control of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.
The University of Abuja that was established on January 1, 1988 as a dual-mode University with the mandate to run both conventional and long-distance learning programmes. It is placed nearer the International airport junction on the Shehu Musa Yaradua Way, occupying a land size of 11, 800 hectares, of the Federal Capital Territory.
OVERSIGHT FUNCTIONS OF QA
The duties of the QA permeate all segments of the UofA, and inter alia, covers course design, accreditation of programmes, staff and resource development, and the collection and use of feedback from candidates and employers.
QA also refers to the range of possible approaches to addressing concern for quality in higher education.
QA in higher education includes all policies, measures, planned processes and actions through which the quality of higher education is maintained and developed.
The QA Unit is within the Administrative Block, main campus of the UofA of Nigeria.
Brief History of the QA: In line with the requirements of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the UofA of Nigeria constituted its own Quality Assurance Office, as a Unit, in the Office of the Vice Chancellor in 2017.
It had a pioneer Director, whose two-year tenure ended in March 2019. The current Director, Prof. Kareem I. Airede, assumed Office March 10, 2019 alongside a Deputy Director.
Our Vision as a Unit is clearly in line with that of UofA, i.e., to develop an Institution of higher learning that combines academic excellence with the pursuit of the unity of Nigeria.
This is similarly along the lines of the UofA, i.e., to ensure the provision of instructional, research, and public service programmes appropriate to a university of high standing, which guarantees academic excellence and to operate a strong and virile distance learning component that ensures equal educational access to a large constituency.
The QA intends to achieve these Vision and Mission targets via the constant strategy of the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Methodology:
- PLAN Establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with members’ and candidates’ requirements and the UofA of Nigeria’s policies.
- DO Implement the processes.
- CHECK Monitor, measure processes and product against policies, objectives and requirements for the services/product and report the results.
- ACT Take actions to continually improve process performance.
To impart a culture of EXCELLENCE in the quality of academic training at all levels, support services to every student, administrative management, and Library resources by;
- Building the capacity of Educators and staff development to be along 21st century lines;
- Improving facilities and infrastructure;
- Blending learning approaches; and
- Ensuring that the UofA of Nigeria serves and engages society to enhance economic, social, and cultural well-being.
We are very soon implementing the process of students’ evaluation of instructional delivery methods to assess the quality and effectiveness of lectures received at the end of each semester and before the registration of another semester’s courses subject. This would also ensure adequate performances of academic staff who offer these lectures.
More still, is the intention of QA to commence Peer Evaluation (PE) of all Academic Teachings. The main aim of such PE is to ensure improved Lecture delivery methods, active and conscious knowledge transfer/flow, improved students’ performance, and subsequent merit for deserving academic staff.
Since its’ usage over decades back, it has now spread across and administered in almost all Universities all over the world. It’s probably the main source of information used for evaluating teaching performance of lecturers.
The PE of academic staff teaching process would entail at least two of such reviews in every semester.
Each Lecturer shall and can only be reviewed by a peer or a senior colleague, and not a junior colleague;
Each course Lecturer is expected to produce a Course Outline in line the course contents which must be distributed within the first two weeks of commencement of classes, preferably by e-mail.
I invite you all to explore the exciting actions, processes, and opportunities available at the QA’s Portal/Website – it could well prove to be the beginning of an enriching journey of discovery and attainment of excellence in the UofA of Nigeria.
Thank you indeed.