Validation of the Draft Higher Education Quality Assurance Policy
The follow-up workshop of “Validation of the Draft Higher Education (HE) Quality Assurance (QA) Policy was held on 13 April, 2015, at SHE Building, Male’, Maldives. This workshop was a follow-up of the workshop “Review of Higher Education Quality Assurance Policy”, which was held on 13 April, 2015, at Youth Centre, Male’, Maldives. As the first workshop, the latest workshop was also organised by the Maldives Qualification Authority (MQA) in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada.
The workshop was aimed at validating the draft higher education quality assurance policy, which has been developed after the first workshop by the COL consultant Dr. Phetolo Modiega with input from MQA. As most of the participants from the Maldives National University, Colleges and tertiary institutes also represented their institutions in the first workshop, the workshop facilitated constructive comments and feedback from the groups. The policy areas included in the policy document are reflective of the MQA mandate outlined by the President’s Office. Hence, the policy document unpacks what is in the MQA mandate and provides clear details of the roles and responsibilities of MQA.
The Deputy Minister of Education, who is in-charge of the Department of Higher Education Mr. Azleen Ahmed, was the chief guest of both opening and closing ceremonies. In his speech, Mr. Azleen appreciated the involvement and support of the Commonwealth of Learning in strengthening the higher education quality assurance regime in the Maldives and also noted MQA’s efforts. The Chief Executive Officer of MQA Dr. Abdul Hannan Waheed spoke of the roadmap for approval and implementation of the HE QA policy being developed. At the closing ceremony, the chief guest Deputy Minister awarded attendance certificates to the participants.
Review of Higher Education Quality Assurance Policy
A workshop themed “Review of Higher Education Quality Assurance Policy”, was held on 17 March, 2015, at Youth Centre, Male’, Maldives by the Maldives Qualification Authority (MQA) in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada. The Commonwealth of Learning is an inter-governmental organization of Commonwealth.
MQA initiated the process of a review of current policies of higher education quality assurance process with the guidance of the Minister of Education Dr. Aishath Shiham. The Commonwealth of Learning readily supported this initiative by providing consultancy spearheaded by Dr. Godson Gatsha, Education Specialist, Higher Education, COL. The consultant selected by COL for this project is Phetolo Modiega from Botswana.
The Minister of State of Education Mr. Ahmed Shafeeu was the chief guest who delivered a speech in the opening ceremony of the workshop. Mr. Shafeeu acknowledged the complicated area of higher education quality assurance and the need for more robust policies that will unpack the current MQA mandates. COL’s education specialist Dr. Godson Gatsha gave a presentation explaining COL’s activities and the commitment to finish this project with a relevant policy document. The Chief Executive Officer of MQA Dr. Abdul Hannan Waheed also spoke of the process and how it materialised this far by gathering MQA’s stakeholders to get their input in formulating a higher education quality assurance policy.
The workshop gathered the most active higher education providers that deliver MQA approved higher education programmes or courses. There was a diverse group of academics representing the Maldives National University, Colleges and tertiary institutes. The activities handled by the consultant Phetolo Modiega intended specific policy formulation in groups. The groups discussed and presented their inputs, ideas and opinion on various quality issues that need to be addressed in the future policy document. At the end of the workshop, participants were awarded attendance certificates by the chief guest.