Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 07, 2015 (SKNIS): Capacity building is the order of the day for CANQATE in providing quality assurance in tertiary education and educational institutions and prospective students are benefiting as a result.

When picking a tertiary level institution, it is highly recommended that future students select a college or university that is accredited,” says St. Kitts and Nevis Accreditation Board Chairperson Dr. Robertine Chaderton. In order to ensure this, activities were held for students as part of the 12th annual CANQATE conference held in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“This is why we are having this interaction with our young people,” said Dr. Chaderton. “Sessions were held in both St. Kitts and Nevis to explain to students who are in form 5 and at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College what accreditation is all about and why it is necessary to ensure that the colleges that they go to overseas are accredited so that the academic certification can be accepted when they return home or when they want to work in other places.”

Dr. Chaderton stated that CANQATE has several objectives. One major aim is to ensure that there is benchmarking in quality assurance across the Caribbean so that all tertiary level institutions will be rated using standards that have been developed to show how they perform, how they deliver and the quality of the education that the students who attend would be able to experience.

Established in 2004, CANQATE is a network of external quality assurance agencies but includes government ministries, state agencies, higher education institutions and related entities within the CARICOM region. It works to promote capacity building among countries and institutions of higher education and to facilitate regional discourse on policy and research in the fields of quality assurance and quality enhancement whilst engaging policy makers, researchers, evaluators, administrators and faculty in professional development.

The October 7 to 9 conference will see the discussion of issues surrounding quality assurance in tertiary education.

This year’s event is held under the theme Quality Assurance and Socioeconomic Development in a Global Environment: Regional and International Perspectives.

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