13th Annual Quality Assurance in Higher Education Week, 2018

13th Annual Quality Assurance in Higher Education Week, 2018

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) will be hosting its 13th Annual Quality Assurance in Higher Education Week from March 5-9, 2018, under the theme “Enhancing and Sustaining Quality in Institutions.” A key objective for the ‘week’ is to assist in the development of higher education institutions by providing training and professional advice on quality assurance matters. This year’s activities will focus on the development of the self study for programmatic…


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 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 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…


The UCJ celebrates its 30th anniversary in October!

The UCJ celebrates its 30th anniversary in October!

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the National External Quality Assurance Agency, will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in October 2017. The activities for the month include: The 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service – Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Boulevard Baptist Church starting at 9:00am. The Dr Dennis Irvine Lecture – Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Grand Caribbean Suite, 16 Chelsea Avenue, starting at 5:30 pm. The…


UCJ supports Yello Media’s Education Expo at Devon House

UCJ supports Yello Media’s Education Expo at Devon House

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) took part in Yello Media’s Education Expo on the grounds of Devon House in Kingston on Sunday, September 16, 2017. Dr Dawn Barrett Adams, Accreditation Officer, the UCJ, delivered a presentation on the Accreditation process and provided general information and advice about the UCJ’s services including academic credential assessment and the development of academic standards. Director of Communications and Public Education, Mr Richard Rose,…


Are you considering higher education?

Are you considering higher education?

Earning a higher-education qualification is a significant achievement and an important investment in your future. As with all long-term investments, prospective students should take the time to investigate the details before selecting an institution and enrolling in a programme of study. What if the programme is not accredited? A programme that is not accredited is not necessarily a programme that is inferior or without educational value. Some programmes, for  example, are new, and have not yet had a graduating cohort. They are, therefore, not ready to…


The UCJ participates in the UWI School of Education Breakfast Meeting

The UCJ participates in the UWI School of Education Breakfast Meeting

Mrs Althea Heron, Executive Director, the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) and Dr Angela Penny, Director, Research and Development, represented the UCJ at the University of the West Indies (UWI) School of Education Breakfast Meeting held on May 19, 2017 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre in Kingston.  During the meeting, Mrs Althea Heron, Executive Director, the UCJ made a presentation on the UCJ’s Bachelor of Education Standards.…


The UCJ supports the Meadowbrook High School Career Expo

The UCJ supports the Meadowbrook High School Career Expo

The University Council of Jamaica’s (UCJ) Communications team hosted a booth at the  Meadowbrook High School Career Expo held on Thursday, April 26, 2017. The expo, themed “Thinking out of the box, new territories”, sought to provide opportunities for students (grades 7-10), and parents to gain knowledge on career related issues. Visitors to the UCJ booth were provided with information on the role of the UCJ and its services. Feedback…