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SPHEIR Project — Sierra Leone
The #SPHEIR project Assuring Quality in Higher Education in Sierra Leone.
Training on the use of the laboratory equipment
Training on the use of the laboratory equipment
Training on the use of the laboratory equipment

The goal of the Assuring Quality in Higher Education in Sierra Leone (AQHEd-SL) project, is to strengthen the delivery of student-centred, outcome-based education to create a more responsive and capable graduate workforce. Activities have focused on four core disciplines, namely agriculture, engineering, business and management and health, across seven higher education institutions in Sierra Leone.

For the health cluster, the first programme to be reviewed has been the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) at the College of Medicines and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS). During the review process, both stakeholders and faculty staff have stressed the importance of laboratory classes for students…


SPHEIR Trains Njala University Lecturers on Critical Thinking Skills Delivery

The Assuring Quality in Higher Education in Sierra Leone (AQHEd-SL) project under the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) programme has on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8th and 9th June 2021 conducted a two-day Critical Thinking Skills (CTS) training workshop for lecturers at the Career Advisory and Placement Services Centre (CAPS), Bo Campus, Towama location.

The two days training workshop brought together forty (40) participants mostly lecturers who represented various Schools and Departments from both Campuses of the University.

While opening the session on the first day of…


A new paper reflects on how support to critical thinking skills development has been developed for Sierra Leone’s higher education and then adapted to continue providing support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One element of addressing AQHEd-SL goals of improving outcome-based education in Sierra Leone is helping students develop their critical thinking skills.

This is the key role of one of the AQHEd-SL parners, INASP, alongside a Critical Thinking Taskforce drawn from higher education institutions across Sierra Leone. Together, the partners have been adapting and developing approaches to supporting critical thinking skills development.

Veronika Schaeffler, a Programme Specialist at INASP, has…


The international newspaper and website University World News has published an article about the recent graduation of 18 Quality Assurance Officers as a result of the AQHEd-SL project.

Read the article: Quality assurance efforts are a catalyst for change


On the 20th of March 2021, a sea of blue graduates paraded into a decorated courtyard under a hot sun at the University of Makeni, anticipation, relief and excitement palpable on every face as they prepared to celebrate the culmination of four years’ hard work. Camouflaged among them, were 18 staff who have committed to improving the experiences of the next wave of students across Sierra Leone. …


Changes to higher education should benefit all students. Gender equity goals are embedded within the work of the AQHEd-SL project in Sierra Leone.

For the past three years, universities across Sierra Leone have been working together, alongside wider stakeholders, to address a key challenge: improving higher education approaches so that students are better equipped for the world of work after they graduate. …


Academic staff and industry stakeholders laughing as they play “two truths, one lie” to get to know each other better.

A national networking event in which gathered Sierra Leone’s academics and industry stakeholders in the commerce and management sector on the 26th of November 2020 was a roaring success.

This event, organised by the Assuring Quality in Higher Education in Sierra Leone (AQHEd-SL) project at the Sierra Bay Hotel in Freetown, brought together stakeholders and academics to strengthen relationships and encourage increased and sustainable collaboration in research, teaching and development.

The project has been engaging industry experts and professionals in the Management, STEM, Health and Agriculture sectors for over two years to reform undergraduate programmes. The purpose of the feedback…


Equipping higher-education teachers with new teaching and learning strategies to address skills gaps among students is a core part of the AQHEd-SL project in Sierra Leone. Suzanne Thomas shares some lessons about what works.

President Bio is leading his government in prioritising human capital development in Sierra Leone. It has long been recognised that the economic health of the nation depends on the human resources available in both public and private sectors. Dissatisfaction with the availability of good quality graduates has prompted a critical review of the current state of higher education.

The Assuring Quality in Higher Education in Sierra…


How do you support the development of critical thinking skills when a pandemic stops face-to-face engagement and internet infrastructure is fragile? Veronika Schaeffler discusses how INASP has adapted its support to higher education in Sierra Leone this year.

With so much information and misinformation available today, it is very important for people to be able to evaluate the trustworthiness of what they hear and read and to ask questions to dig more deeply. …

SPHEIR Project — Sierra Leone

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