Dr. Violet Makuku

Dr. Violet Makuku

Dr. Violet Makuku

Dr Violet Makuku holds a PhD in Quality Assurance (QA) in University Education from the University of South Africa (UNISA, SA); MScEd – Curriculum Studies & a BSc Geography Honours, both from Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE, ZIM); Diploma in Secondary Education, Gweru Teachers’ College (GTC, ZIM). She is a Higher Education (HE) QA Specialist, Diplomat and The Harmonization of African Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative Project Officer at The Association of African Universities (AAU), Accra, Ghana. She has been engaged as a keynote speaker, special guest of Honour and leader of panel discussions in many international Higher Education (HE) events. These include the Ho Technical University Vice Chancellor’s inaugural lecture in 2018, the June, 2019 Egypt International Conference on Quality Assurance that was organized by The National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Education (NAQAAE), the August 2019 1st National Quality Assurance Conference for the Namibia HE organized by the Namibia National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), the 7 th African Regional Conference of Vice Chancellors and Deans of Science, Education, Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET) November, 2019 and many more.

She designed and facilitated continental workshops for HE personnel to address QA challenges in HE Teaching/Learning, QA, Research and “Building the Quality Culture” in many African countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda, to name a few countries. Dr Makuku is currently writing a QA book chapter for RUFORUM’s continental textbook on Tertiary Agriculture Education. She does consultancy on HE QA issues and contributes QA articles to the University World News Editions. She has done numerous institutional evaluations for improvement in many African countries including South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda’s HE institutions. Dr Makuku is an external programme reviewer for numerous National Councils for HE in different African countries as well as for the Commonwealth of Learning programmes and modules. She is also an external examiner for Masters & PhD dissertations/theses for a number of African universities.

Before joining AAU as a Diplomat for the HAQAA Initiative, Dr Makuku was a Director QA at the Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe and a former university lecturer for 14+ years. She is a reviewer of many journals including the International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review (IJPRR), African Educational Research Journal (AERJ), the African Education Review, the Online Journal of African Affairs and the African Educational Research Journal (AEJR) for Net Journals. She has been widely involved in University QA activities including research supervision and designing of University QA courses/modules. She also has a lot of experience in the designing and development of QA monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and instruments/tools. She presented papers during workshops and conferences during international conferences in many countries across the globe. She was the Southern African Development Community (SADC) representative for QA in internship and external assessor for the University of South Africa (UNISA) for more than 5 years. Dr Makuku was also an external assessor and QA expert for the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Teacher Education for many years.

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