Dr. Violet Makuku is the Harmonization of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative Project Officer at the Association of African Universities (AAU) headquarters in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Makuku is a Zimbabwean by birth who holds a DED in Quality Assurance in University Education from the University of South Africa (UNISA, SA); an MSc. Ed-Curriculum Studies from the Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE, ZIM); a BSc. Geography Honours (BUSE, ZIM) and a Diploma in Secondary School Education from the Gweru Teachers’ College (GTC, ZIM). She was also part of a working group on higher education quality assurance experts, personnel, and administrators who kick-started the harmonization of quality assurance and accreditation for tertiary institutions in Zimbabwean in February 2016.
Dr. Makuku recently designed continental training courses for higher education personnel to address various quality assurance related challenges in higher education and the associated organizations and associations that deal with African higher education quality, quality assurance, and accreditation. Some of the programmes have been launched in the just ended International Quality Assurance for Higher Education in African (ICQAHEA), held in Windhoek, Namibia from the 19th to the 24th of September 2016. It was during the same event that the Harmonization of African Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) Initiative was also launched.
Before joining AAU, Dr. Makuku was a Quality Assurance Director at the Bindura University of Science Education. Earlier on she was a lecturer of Curriculum Studies, Pedagogy, the Foundations of Education (Sociology, Philosophy, and Psychology), the History and Philosophy of Science and Research Methods for more than 10 years in the Faculty of Science Education at undergraduate and post graduate levels. She also supervised research projects for the same levels for more than 10 years.