University students in Africa can now transfer credits through the African Credit Transfer System (ACT), which was created to bring African universities closer together and encourage free student movement across the continent.
Currently Tue Higher education systems on the continent are too diverse to support the movement of students from one region to another or from one institution to another, leading to a lack of recognition of higher education degrees. This has limited academic integration and student mobility across the region.
“This is due to the lack of a reliable tool to transparently measure student achievement, as well as the lack of defined systems that ensure proper recognition enabling degrees and other credentials between institutions and between countries,” states the ACT framework developed by the African Union.
“A common credit system recognized and transferred at national, regional and continental levels is paramount in promoting the harmonization of higher education systems in Africa,” the framework states.
The African Union sees ACT as a way to drive integration.
ACT was recently launched in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, during the Advisory Board meeting on African Higher Education Quality and Accreditation ation, in which over 400 higher education institutions participated, members of the Association of African Universities (AAU).
“Launching an ACT system is a major step for African universities. AAU’s vision is to foster a higher education system that produces high-quality graduates to drive development in Africa,” said AAU Secretary General Prof. Olusola Oyewole.