Richard K.

Nominated By: Colette Ama Hukpati
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Mr.
Family Names(s): Adjei
Mailing Address: National Accreditation Board, P. O. Box CT 3256, Cantonments - Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Office Telephone: +233 307 034 453
Residence Telephone: +233 244 633 763
Email: richardadjei@hotmail.com
Nationality/Citizenship: Ghanaian
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 08-10-1956
Current Position: Deputy Executive Secretary & Head of Quality Assurance Department
Current Employer: National Accreditation Board, Ghana
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: ENGLISH
Fluent in Writing: ENGLISH
Fluent in Speaking: ENGLISH
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2012
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: MSc Education, University of Groningen, Netherlands, 2008
3. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: MA International Affairs, University of Ghana, Leon, Ghana, 2000
4. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Leon, Ghana, 1997
Nominee Application Form: Part B
Areas:
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • Program reviews / accreditations
  • General QA consultancy
Specialisations:
  • Setting up of new QA agency
  • Training of experts/external reviewers
  • Internal QA of institutions
  • Self study guidance to institutions
  • External review of institutions
  • Institutional assessment
  • Institutional quality audits
  • Institutional accreditation
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Validation of the African Quality Rating Mechanism (AQRM) survey and self-rating of universities on behalf of the African Union Commission
Institution/City/Country: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia Botho university, Botswana
Date: Set. 2014/Dec. 2014
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
2. Brief Description: Facilitator at training programme for Quality Assurance Officers/Directors in Zimbabwean HEIs.
Institution/City/Country: Zimbabwe Council for higher Education (ZimCHE)
Date: Nov. 2013
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
3. Brief Description: Contributed a module: "Effective Conduct of Institutional Audit and visitation" published by UNESCO Bamako in "A Guide to Quality Assurance in Africa"
Institution/City/Country: UNESCO Bamako Office, Mali
Date: 2012
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
4. Brief Description: Undertook several assessment exercises in public and private institutions for institutional and programme accreditation.
Institution/City/Country: National Accreditation Board, Ghana
Date: 2003 to date
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: I have worked with the National Accreditation Board, Ghana since 2002 and risen to the position of Deputy Executive Secretary with additional responsibility as Head of the Quality Assurance Department. Previously, I was Head of the Accreditation Department. In these positions, I have been engaged in assessment of institutions and their programmes for accreditation. Along the line of duty, institutions have consulted me in putting their processes and presentations in right order for consideration. I also assess documentation by private HEIs applying for grant of Presidential Charter to enable them award their own degrees and advise the Board as appropriate, in addition to taking part in on-site visits.
As part of capacity-building at the Secretariat of the National Accreditation Board, I participated in a training project on ranking of higher education institutions at the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Gutersloh, Germany in 2010.
In order to add to my growing experience, I undertook the Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance programme run by the University of Melbourne with specific courses in “Maintaining Quality within Institutions”, “External Quality Assurance” and “Tertiary Education Policy and Management”. I have had the benefit of attending several conferences/workshops, including those of CHEA, INQAAHE, ICQAHEA, AfriQAN, EU, DAAD and UNESCO Bamako Office. Some of these had workshop sessions which were beneficial. I made presentations at the Regional Conference on Higher Education in Africa (Bamako, 2011) and the 5th ICQAHEA in Abidjan (2012). The presentation in Bamako has been published by the Association of African Universities in “The Quality Assurance Situation and Capacity Building Needs of Higher Education in Africa, April 2012)”. The presentation in Abidjan focused on “Fitting Ghana’s Quality Assurance Activities within the Framework of the African Regional Quality Assurance System”.
In 2014, I delivered an address on the “Overview of Quality and Access to Higher Education in Africa” to the Intermediary Meeting of the International Deans’ Course Africa Part II and a One-Day Conference held at the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana.
Recently, I was engaged by the African Union Commission in a team of experts on a mission to validate the self-rating by the Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) and Botho University (Botswana) under the African Quality Rating Mechanism project. This assignment exposed me to operations of public and private establishments in comparison to what pertains in Ghana and elsewhere.
Currently, I am engaged as a facilitator/expert in the Training on Quality Assurance in West Africa (TrainIQA) project, a collaborative venture involving DAAD, National Universities Commission (Nigeria), National Accreditation Board (Ghana), National Council for Tertiary Education (Ghana) and the University of Professional Studies (Ghana) to train internal quality assurance officers of universities in Anglophone West Africa.
The foregoing engagements and experiences have brought me added value and stand me in good stead for QA consultancy and institutional quality assurance reviews/audits, especially and make me capable of working in varied cultural contexts and circumstances.

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