Case for a Regional Approach to the Regulation of Cross Border Higher Education with Specific Reference to East Africa
Cross border higher education, which involves the movement of higher education students, lecturers and study programmes across national boundaries is one of the fastest growing elements of higher education today. This paper notes that in as much as this movement is presenting the students, lecturers, higher education institutions and nations with a range of benefits and opportunities, it also threatens the quality of higher education in a number of ways. The paper argues that national higher education quality regulatory agencies and frameworks may not be adequate to regulate cross border higher education, given its multinational character. Therefore, the paper argues for a regional approach to the regulation of cross border education. Thereafter, it discusses some of the prospects for and constraints impeding realization of this regional approach.
Keywords: Cross border education, Regional quality assurance, East Africa
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