The Ethiopian government decided to differentiate the higher education sector. Out of 44 universities, 15 universities were defined as universities of applied sciences (UAS). Since there is no experience on UAS in the country, the FAITH Project has approached European partners interested in working with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education to build a framework for the UAS sector and to work on an Ethiopian UAS model.
The overall objective of establishing a UAS sector is to contribute to the regional economic and social development and to increase the employability of the graduates. The specific objectives of the FAITH Project are:
● establish Ethio-European UAS partnerships;
● generate lessons learned from Europe, adjusted to the Ethiopian context, as toolboxes for Ethio practice;
● conceptualise tested, piloted & optimised toolboxes;
● establish a community of peer learning through a training institute to accommodate the knowledge & expertise.
The project activities are wrapped into 8 work packages. One of them is Quality Management of the project. It provides activities linked to quality assurance, quality control, acceptance of deliverables, etc. An external evaluator (EE) evaluates the execution of the quality plan and the use of several quality tools. The EE gives advise to the quality assurance manager and the project manager, formulates improvement suggestions and shares experience from other projects. The University of Antwerp is responsible for the task of the External Evaluator.