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, and spearheaded the establishment of the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education (CANQATE). The Agency has also assisted other Caribbean islands in setting up their own EQAAs over the years.

Throughout its 30 years, the UCJ has, and continues to contribute significantly to the development of best practice principles for quality assurance regionally and internationally. This is achieved through its work with UNESCO, its membership and full participation on the
Board of CANQATE; the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE); and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s International Quality Group (CIQG).

The UCJ’s expertise and advice is constantly sought by the Government of Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean coupled with its invaluable assistance to higher education institutions. This commitment to quality is reflected in the improving standards in higher education in Jamaica and the region.

The UCJ’s service to our Nation, its adaptability and its willingness to share its expertise, and to keep our citizens informed is worthy of
commendation.

On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, I extend hearty congratulations to the Council, Staff and Assessors of the
UCJ – past and present, who have all contributed to making the UCJ a shining light in the higher education sector and the quality assurance arena.

I look forward to participating in the celebration.  Happy 30th Anniversary.

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