The UCJ Celebrated 30 Years of Enabling National Development Through Quality Assurance in October

The UCJ Celebrated 30 Years of Enabling National Development Through Quality Assurance in October

The University Council of Jamaica’s (UCJ) celebrated its 30th Anniversary during October 2017, under the theme,“30 Years of Enabling National Development through Quality Assurance.” The celebration is one that the UCJ will cherish for years to come as it provided a significant opportunity for the organisation to reflect on its work and achievements since its inception in 1987. On Sunday, October 8, 2017, the celebration commenced with a Thanksgiving Service…


UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from the Governor General His Excellency, The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J

UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from the Governor General His Excellency,  The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J

It is often said that an investment in education pays the best interest. For many Jamaican students, matriculation to a tertiary institution often represents a significant financial expenditure. It is therefore important that the intangible value which a course of study purports to hold, can be converted into opportunities from which students can expect to reap social and economic benefits complemented by their own human efforts. In the thirty years since its inception, the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) has made significant…


UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from the Most Honourable Andrew Micheal Holness, ON, MP, Prime Minister

UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from the Most Honourable Andrew Micheal Holness, ON, MP, Prime Minister

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) plays an integral role in the development of the education sector through the formulation and regulation of systems and guidelines that ensure international standards are upheld by tertiary Institutions. The UCJ is the standard bearer for quality assurance in tertiary education in Jamaica. Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This is true and as Jamaicans we must embrace and accept education…


UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Senator, the Honourable Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information

UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Senator, the Honourable Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information

As The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) celebrates 30 years of Enabling National Development through Quality Assurance, I commend the Agency for its sterling work and unwavering commitment to quality. The UCJ is well-respected locally, regionally and internationally as an independent External Quality Assurance Agency (EQAA), which upholds standards and performs its role to the highest level of integrity and transparency. The UCJ has been at the forefront of assuring quality in higher education in the Caribbean,…


UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Rev Ronald Thwaites, Opposition Spokesperson, Education and Training

UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Rev Ronald Thwaites, Opposition Spokesperson, Education and Training

The Jamaican nation is indebted to the University Council of Jamaica for thirty years of uplifting the cause and quality of higher education. All efforts to transform other areas of education; all plans for economic growth and social cohesion are largely founded on the extent and quality of the tertiary sector. Over the life of the UCJ, the twin objectives of increased access and the highest quality have been blended. Good partnerships have been…


UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Dr Carolyn Hayle, Chairman, the UCJ

UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Dr Carolyn Hayle, Chairman, the UCJ

As the UCJ celebrates “30 years of Enabling National Development through Quality Assurance,” the Agency will continue to use its efforts and resources to facilitate and oversee the development and maintenance of a robust higher education quality assurance system. All this will be achieved while recognising the diversity of institutions and the need for ongoing innovation and creativity in the development of higher education programmes. It is the Council’s expectation that the higher education landscape in…


UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Mrs Althea Heron, Executive Director, the UCJ

UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Mrs Althea Heron, Executive Director, the UCJ

The UCJ’s focus these past 30 years has always been on using its developmental role to assist institutions in developing a culture of quality. The UCJ has delivered on its mandate to increase the availability of tertiary level training in Jamaica with the number of registered institutions now standing at 42 and with 339 programmes being accredited.  The UCJ has benefited tremendously from the professional expertise and wisdom of Council Members, Staff, Assessors, and key stakeholders and will continue…


UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Dr Cecil Cornwall, Chairman, The Joint Committee for Tertiary Education, JCTE

UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Dr Cecil Cornwall, Chairman, The Joint Committee for Tertiary Education, JCTE

Boston College in 2010, identified the arena of higher education as a plethora of diversity among institutions, students, resource and professors. No doubt this diversity prompted the response for a quality framework which, as a mechanism for quality control, would  determine the technical inputs and outputs necessary for quality performance. Quality control mechanisms in the field of education must include systematic activities for quality performance as well as evaluation towards corrective measures. The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) has…


UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Ms Katherine Grigsby,Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean

UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Ms Katherine Grigsby,Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean

UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean presents its greetings and hearty congratulations to the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the National External Quality Assurance Agency, which will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in October 2017. Quality Assurance remains one of UNESCO’s top priorities  especially in light of the launch of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly Goal 4 -Quality Education-To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all with keen focus on target 1- By 2030, ensuring that all girls…


UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Susanna Karakhanyan, PhD, INQAAHE VII President

Honorable founding members of the University Council of Jamaica, leadership and staff, on behalf of the INQAAHE Board of Directors, I am honored to extend our heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the University Council of Jamaica. As UCJ marks 30 years of success in excellence, the Council has every reason to be proud of its past, its commendable achievements as well as excited about its future. This milestone offers…