Rebecca Ward is a senior technical advisor with responsibility for technical design and implementation oversight of a range of secondary and higher education programs at IREX.
Rebecca directs and provides technical support to programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eurasia, and the Middle East and North Africa. Her portfolio includes training and fellowships for university research managers, reform of preservice teacher education, development of national quality assurance frameworks, and career center development. She codeveloped IREX’s Higher Education Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool and has applied it in a range of contexts. Through IREX’s Center for Applied Learning and Impact, she also facilitates the Global Educational Measurement Support (GEMS) Global Solutions Lab in partnership with Arizona State University.
Rebecca has 17 years’ experience in higher education and specializes in education management and quality assurance, workforce development, and research management and knowledge transfer. Prior to joining IREX, Rebecca worked in Zambia where she managed the University of Bolton’s shared-delivery programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, she provided training to partner faculty in student-centered learning and assessment, developed and ensured compliance with quality assurance procedures, and mentored partner staff. She was program leader for a master of public administration and regularly taught courses in Sub-Saharan Africa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Prior to this, she managed collaborative university–industry engagement projects and evaluated publicly funded higher education initiatives in the UK.
Rebecca holds a PhD from the University of Manchester in innovation management and policy, focused on the role of universities in open innovation systems. She has a postgraduate diploma in teaching and learning in higher education and a BSc of management sciences with international studies from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.