The Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of a Quality Assurance System Supporting Continuous Improvement of Higher Education in the Eastern Cape Technikon

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The Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of a Quality Assurance System Supporting Continuous Improvement of Higher Education in the Eastern Cape Technikon

CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION AND STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

1. Introduction

Eastern Cape Technikon (ECT) was established in 1987 as University of Transkei Technikon, known as UNITRA Technikon. ECT is situated in Butterworth in the old Transkei region and draws its clients predominantly from the mostly rural Eastern Cape Province. ECT is characterised as one of the 13 historically disadvantaged institutions (HDI). Due to expansion and growth, ECT became independent of UNITRA (University of Transkei) and was renamed Transkei Technikon in 1991. On 20 April 1994 Eastern Cape
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(Planning Activity 4: National Working Group: 2001)
Is has further commitment itself to the following values: • academic excellence • quality assurance as a benchmark for excellent performance • orderly transformation throughout the institution • a transparent decision-making process at all levels • a participative management model • teamwork and mutual support as a mechanism to realise the institution's vision • promotion of employment equity as a strategy to address national policy priorities • respect for others in - the workplace, immediate surroundings and the community at large • survival as a Higher Education Institution in a competitive and challenging environment (Planning Activity 4: National Working Group: 2001)
To achieve the above, Eastern Cape Technikon needs to have in place an adequate and effective Quality Management System.
The higher education system in South Africa, within which Eastern Cape Technikon is established, is undergoing a rigours and robust transformation to ensure adequate delivery of high quality education. In an endeavour to achieve this, the government of the day enacted the new Higher Education Act of 1997 as framework towards this transformation.

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