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Vision:  IUCEA becomes an exemplary common higher education area for a prosperous and sustainable East African Community by 2030.

Mission: To encourage and develop mutually beneficial collaboration between Member Universities and between them and Governments and other organizations, both public and private

IUCEA Core Values:  Accountability, Transparency, Unity, Diversity, Integrity, Professionalism and Teamwork

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Demographics of African Faculty in the East African Community (DAF-EAC)

The Demographics of African Faculty in the East African Community (DAF-EAC) is a study undertaken by a consortium comprised of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA), the Association of African Universities (AAU), and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (grant number G-21-58066). The study sought to assess the status of Higher Education faculty in the East African region in terms of numbers, distribution by gender, and areas of study focussing on six Partner States of the East African Community, namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The study revealed various data gaps, which varies substantially across countries. Among the key challenges were the unavailability of data required for analysis, lack of disaggregated institutional data on student enrolment by gender and discipline, poor documentation, lack of centralised data collection and sharing systems within countries, lack of current/up-to-date data, lack of official national policy norms for key higher education measures, and arduous administrative processes that create difficulties and delays in accessing data. On the status of the faculty, the study findings showed that there is acute under-staffing of the Higher Education Institutions in the region.

To address the observed gaps at both national and regional levels, policy and operational interventions are recommended. Among the key recommendations are awareness creation and capacity on Higher Education data collection and management in the region, development of harmonized data collection and management guidelines in the region, provision of national legal frameworks and policy guidelines to institutionalize collection and management of Higher Education data, development of and awareness creation on relevant and clear Higher Education policy norms, among others.  It is recommended that the faulty under-staffing should be addressed through strategic interventions, which include but are not limited to training of adequate relevant PhDs, recruitment of desired faculty for optimal student-teacher ratio and putting in place policies to attract and engage adjunct faculty from the private sector.

the detailed study report,

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