Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Franz Gertze has been elected to serve on the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) Board of Directors with effect from 12 October 2016, The Villager can announce.
The appointment was confirmed by the President of INQAAHE Sussana Karakhanyan during her recent visit to Namibia.
According to Karakhanyan, Gertze is most deserving to fill this position because of his firm commitment and passion for quality assurance in the higher education sector.
“Mr Gertze is a person whose passion for, and dedication to quality assurance in general, and that of the Namibian higher education sector is hard not to notice. Throughout his membership with INQAAHE he has been able to contribute to the fruitful and constructive dialogue on quality assurance, thus demonstrating the many values an actual leader could offer for a system enhancement,” she said.
Speaking to The Villager on the latest developments, the NQA CEO expressed his elation and said his task is to strengthen the implementations of already laid out plans of the board of directors.
He warned Namibians to be warry of falling prey to institutions that are not quality assured.
“I am humbled and excited. I have a particular personal mandate and that is the entrenchment of quality assurance in the Southern African arena particularly but also in the African context. I want to use this platform to promote quality assurance and not necessarily for the agencies but for the ultimate beneficiaries who are the recipients of the qualifications,” he exclusively announced to The Villager.
INQAAHE is a world-wide association of over 280 organisations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education. The central purpose and role of INQAAHE is to promote and advance excellence in higher education through the support of an active international community of quality assurance agencies.