Higher education department creates new board

A National Higher and Technical Education Board has been established after many months of preparatory work, through the Ministry and Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.

 This board is tasked to ensure quality assurance and regulation of the higher and technical education sector.

The pioneering seven-member board is a combination of high-level representation of academia, industry and research institutions.

They will play a critical role in ensuring that higher education programs and institutions in the country are of high quality and in compliance with international best practices.

“The higher and technical education landscape continues to change in terms of complex technologies and advances in science and other disciplines,” says DHERST Secretary, Professor David Kavanamur.

“With these come new challenges that must be addressed strategically to capitalise on the benefits.

“The board has the responsibility to improve the quality of higher and technical education in the 6 universities and 30-plus colleges.”

DHERST Minister, Francis Marus, says: “There is enormous pressure on the higher education sector to absorb more students and at the same time, ensure that academic programs and institutions are on par with the rest of the world. 

“The board was guaranteed the department and ministry’s support to function effectively to achieve these objectives.”

Carolyn Ure