Quality Assurance & Research
Quality Assurance and Research
The quality of education being offered at Kenneth Kaunda Metropolitan University is revolved around the governance of the University, quality assurance scheme for delivery of university educational services, criteria for admission of students and grading system, the appointment of academic staff, and the quality assurance framework for the academic programs of the University.
Quality assurance is the means KKMU guarantees that the standards and quality of its educational provisions are being maintained and or enhanced. This is how the University confirms that conditions are in place for students to achieve standards set by the university. Assurance of quality in higher education on the other hand is a process of establishing stakeholder confidence that the provision (inputs, process, and outcomes) fulfills expectations or measures up to the threshold. Thus KKMU has developed and adheres to a systematic, structured, and continuous attention to quality in terms of maintaining and improving quality.
The University has a Board of Governors appointed by shareholders. The Board of Governors operates as the Council of the University to oversee the operations of the University and guide it in the academic and administrative development. The members of the Board of Governors have varied experience with many years working in academia and industry.
The members of the Board are committed to the “Ethos of Quality and Excellence” principles in the provision of tertiary education at the highest level, and thus provide strategic direction and supervise the management of the university.
Quality assurance in the delivery of academic programs
Quality assurance in the delivery of academic programs starts with the admission of students, the appointment of qualified and seasoned academic staff, setting of examinations question papers, Evaluation of academic staff, invigilation of examinations, marking of examination papers among other internal processes put in place.
The quality assurance system at KKMU has an internal and external aspect:
- The University management is mindful that quality is its primary responsibility despite government special responsibility and interest. The internal quality assurance system includes monitoring instruments, evaluation instruments, and activities aiming at improvement.
- While the University has primary responsibility for the quality, the university is also accountable to the outside world. External quality assurance assessment, including benchmarking activities, external audit or external quality assessment; and
- A specific element in the quality assurance system in accreditation. Accreditation is an important accountability instrument with which we can verify our quality. Accreditation is a formal decision, based on evaluation of past performance, indicating that certain standards, certain minimum requirements are met.
Academic and Industry partnerships
Offering academic education in modern society, partnerships are an important ingredient for the consistent provision of quality education. KKMU has established partnerships and is open to collaborating with other universities, professional institutions, and regulatory bodies. As KKMU we believe collaborative partnerships are important for value addition, to the education landscape aimed at upholding and enhancing high standards of education, research, commercial and professional practices across various sectors which will ultimately lead to individual, corporate, and economic growth.
The Kenneth Kaunda Metropolitan University is committed to becoming a thought leader in various areas of research both in academics and Industry. The University recognizes that research is central to its premier status in line with the University Vision, and effort to help the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through research and a network of partnerships and collaborations. The University thrives to forge and establish extensive and interdisciplinary research leading to imaginative and inventive insights and solutions.
The University, through the office of its’ Deputy Vice-Chancellor has developed a broad policy framework for research as part of the overall University’s teaching and research guidelines. This policy on research addresses the following specific aspects of researching within the University framework of providing quality teaching and research.
- Research practice with the university
- Conduct of research by students;
- Conduct of research by staff;
- Conduct Industry research under commercial and contractual arrangements;
- Requirements for maintaining a safe and ethical research environment;
- Maintenance of records and retention and storage of research data;
- Confidentiality provisions relating to research;
- Conflict of interest;
- Handling research misconduct and fraud;