The key functions of SAQAN are to promote the creation of effective and efficient quality assurance and accreditation mechanisms in higher education within Southern Africa; support the development of quality assurance through capacity building, seminars, workshops and conferences; disseminate information through newsletters, journals, books and other documents, in print and electronic forms; participate and collaborate in continental and international training and research programmes within Southern Africa; mobilise resources to sustain the Network’s projects and programmes; and develop and maintain a database of quality assurance bodies and experts.

Mission Vision and Values

We are a team dedicated to promoting quality in higher education and fostering harmonisation of quality assurance systems.


SAQAN is a voluntary based organisation that brings together quality assurance bodies and higher education institutions from Southern Africa with a view to promote quality in higher education, foster harmonisation of quality assurance systems in the region and beyond; and facilitate international recognition of higher education qualifications from Southern Africa to enhance mobility of staff and students.


SAQAN is a vehicle for:

Cooperation: – leveraging each other’s capabilities and resources by sharing resources, materials and capacities for mutual benefit
Development: – of common policies, standards, instruments, and approaches
Partnership: – in leveraging funding and development opportunities for the benefit of member organisations



Underlying the work of SAQAN are key behaviours and attitudes that underlie quality assurance:

  • Academic Freedom

    Recognition of academic freedom and institutional integrity

  • Quality Assurance

    A recognition that quality and quality assurance are primarily the responsibility of higher education institutions themselves.

  • Developmental Approach

    A developmental approach in order to provide members with support, guidance, information and advocacy for quality assurance.

  • Mutual Benefit

    Harnessing the wisdom, experience and capacities that exist in the region and elsewhere for mutual benefit of members.