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  • The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) will celebrate its 10th Annual Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week from March 8-13 under the theme: ‘The Changing Landscape of Tertiary Education: Challenges for Quality Assurance’.
  • The week-long observance begins on Sunday, March 8 with a Thanksgiving Service at the Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston.
  • The UCJ was established under the University Council of Jamaica Act (1987).

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) will celebrate its 10th Annual Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week from March 8-13 under the theme: ‘The Changing Landscape of Tertiary Education: Challenges for Quality Assurance’.

The week-long observance begins on Sunday, March 8 with a Thanksgiving Service at the Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston.

On Tuesday, March 10, the Council will host a workshop for institutions on Curriculum Development and the Development of Student Learning Outcomes, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre, St. Andrew.

Speaking to JIS News in a recent interview, Director of Accreditation at the UCJ, Grace Gordon, informed that the target group for this workshop includes senior administrators, faculty members, and curriculum development personnel from the tertiary institutions.

The objective, she said, is to bring institutions into a deeper understanding of the essence of curriculum development, and guide them into identifying and developing effective student learning outcomes. Workshops will also be held in collaboration with the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) in Kingston and Montego Bay on March 11 and March 12 respectively, under the theme: ‘Detecting Credential and CV Fraud’.

Targeted are registrars, admission personnel, as well as human resource personnel from institutions and companies/organisations.

The highlight of the week will be an awards ceremony, where recently registered institutions and those that have had programmes accredited or re-accredited during the past year, will receive Certificates of Registration or Accreditation.

The weeklong celebration will culminate with a Student Forum to be held on Friday, March 13 at the Montego Bay Community College in St. James.

Ms. Gordon, in noting the importance of accreditation, said “it brings recognition and acceptance to institutions and programmes of study locally, regionally, and internationally.”

She noted that accreditation, which is the most widely used method of external quality assurance internationally, is the process employed by the UCJ in carrying out its mandate.

“The UCJ is the External Quality Assurance (EQA) agency for tertiary education in Jamaica. In this regard, the mandate of the UCJ is to ensure quality and adherence to standards in the operations of Jamaican tertiary institutions and in the development and delivery of programmes of study by these institutions,” Ms. Gordon said.

The UCJ was established under the University Council of Jamaica Act (1987).