The African Higher Education system is undergoing a tremendous transformation process. This includes a number of national, regional and continental initiatives among which are the Nyerere mobility Scheme, the African Higher Education Harmonization and Quality Assurance programme, the Pan African University.  However, at institutional level, reform is underway in all countries.

One transformation initiative which links institutional, national, regional, continental and international endeavours is the African Higher Education Harmonization and Tuning Project (Tuning Africa), which is part of the Africa-EU strategic partnership. This uses an internationally established methodology to enhance degree comparability, graduate mobility and employability.

Tuning is a collaborative, consultative process involving academics working in subject groups with employers and other stakeholders in curriculum development to enhance student competences. Tuning projects in higher education have been successfully completed in over sixty countries around the world.  Tuning projects help to:

  • improve staff capacity to design and develop curricula
  • provide opportunities for generation of additional resources
  • support effective and productive networking.


Tuning Africa will run over 18 months.  There will be 5 subject areas open to all African degree-awarding higher education institutions but each led by a region as defined in the Feasibility Study report of April 2011:

  • Medicine - Northern Africa
  • Teacher Education - Southern Africa
  • Agriculture - Western Africa
  • Mechanical Engineering - Central Africa
  • Civil Engineering - Eastern Africa