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Donnish Journal of Educational Research and Reviews

May 2015 Vol. 2(4), pp. 048-052

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Original Research Article


Curriculum Development in Institutions of Higher Learning: Programme Curriculum Reviewing at the University of Rwanda


Jeanne Shange

Department of Creative Design, School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE), University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda

Corresponding Author E-mail: jeanshange@gmail.com

Accepted 15th April, 2015.



Abstract


This paper focused on the role of periodic review of curriculum to improve the quality of education in response to the needs of stakeholders and organizations who provide employment opportunities to university graduates. The quality of education in higher education institutions forms a backbone to the human capacity entering the labour market. This paper investigated the usefulness of structuring academic curriculum in relation to the desired competence of individuals/graduates entering the labour market. It viewed tertiary education as one of the important factors in both social and economic development efforts in any society/country. The East African Community has introduced assessment instruments as a method to ensure the quality of education and the relevance of academic curriculum, in lieu of efforts towards socio-economic development and poverty reduction. Lessons learnt from conducting quality assurance assessments by means of student evaluation interviews and programme curriculum reviews, showed that it is possible to improve the quality and competence of human capital entering the labour market, through framing the academic curriculum based on relevant stakeholders, organizations and societal needs. The research was carried out at the University of Rwanda, at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, in the Department of Creative Design.

Keywords: Higher Education, Quality Assurance, Learning Outcomes, Curriculum Review.

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Jeanne Shange. Curriculum Development in Institutions of Higher Learning: Programme Curriculum Reviewing at the University of Rwanda. 2(4) 2015 pp. 048-052.


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