Is your programme or institution EPIC?

Is your programme or institution EPIC?

As the National External Quality Assurance Agency for higher education in Jamaica, the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) registers and assures the quality of local programmes and institutions, and foreign programmes being offered in Jamaica. It also functions as the national information centre for local, regional, and international higher education institutions and qualifications. The UCJ is the single competent authority in Jamaica for the recognition of foreign qualifications. Before you…


UCJ Mobilizing Assistance for Higher Education Institutions

UCJ Mobilizing Assistance for Higher Education Institutions

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the National External Quality Assurance Agency for higher education in Jamaica, acting on its mandate of Assuring Quality in Higher Education is doing all that it can to maintain quality and continuous improvement throughout the Jamaican higher education sector during this COVID-19 period. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major shift in the landscape of the education sector in Jamaica with the closing of…


Advisory for Our Valued Clients and Stakeholders

TO OUR VALUED CLIENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS   The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) is aware of the growing concerns and public health challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jamaica and its global impact.  However, amidst this pandemic, we remain committed to providing high quality services to all, while adhering to government’s social distancing guidelines. Our top priority is the health and wellness of our staff members and their families…


UCJ widens scope to quality assure all providers of higher education (Loop News)

UCJ widens scope to quality assure all providers of higher education (Loop News)

From short courses, diplomas, bachelors programmes all the way to doctoral programmes, the landscape of higher education has undergone significant transformation over the last few years. While the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) values diversity in the types of institutions and educational and training units operating in Jamaica, the agency has recognised the need for its quality assurance process as the gate keeping method to protect Jamaicans from fraudulent institutions…


NCU, UTech Accredited by The University Council of Jamaica (Loop News)

NCU, UTech Accredited by The University Council of Jamaica (Loop News)

Northern Caribbean University and the University of Technology have joined the University of the West Indies in gaining institutional accreditation from the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ). The institutions were both found to have met the required standards of quality after being evaluated by a team of international experts drawn from Higher Education institutions and Quality Assurance Agencies across the world, using standards for institutional accreditation. It has been touted as yet…


The UCJ Receives their ISO 9001:2015 Certificate from NCBJ

The UCJ Receives their ISO 9001:2015 Certificate from NCBJ

  From Left to Right Mrs Georgette Bolton-Smith, Assistant Operations Officer, National Certification Body of Jamaica (at Podium) Presenting the award (from left) – Mrs Michelle Sturridge (Manager, National Certification Body of Jamaica); and Senator Matthew Samuda (Chairman, Bureau of Standards Jamaica Standards Council) Receiving the award (from left) – Mrs Althea Heron (Executive Director, the University Council of Jamaica); Dr Angela Penny (Director, Research and Development, UCJ)


THE UCJ ACHIEVES ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFICATION

THE UCJ ACHIEVES ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFICATION

“The UCJ ISO 9001:2015 Certified – customer centred, quality assured.” The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the national External Quality Assurance Agency (EQAA) for higher education, under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, is proud to announce that it is now ISO 9001:2015 certified.  ISO is a globally recognized quality management standard. The UCJ has attained Certification for its core business processes which are:   Registration of Institutions, Accreditation of…


The UCJ supports Wolmer’s Boys’ School Career Day

The UCJ supports Wolmer’s Boys’ School Career Day

The University Council of Jamaica’s Communications team hosted a booth at the Annual Wolmer’s Boys’ School Career Day held on Friday, April 27, 2018. The event sought to provide opportunities for students (grade 9), 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.


The UCJ celebrated its 13th Annual Quality Assurance in Higher Education Week during March 2018

The UCJ celebrated its 13th Annual Quality Assurance  in Higher Education Week during March 2018

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) celebrated its 13th Annual Quality Assurance in Higher Education Week from March 5-9, 2018. The theme for the week was, “Enhancing and Sustaining Quality in Institutions.” Mrs Althea Heron, Executive Director, the UCJ, explained that, “Quality Assurance in Higher Education Week, provided an opportunity for the UCJ to inform and educate our stakeholders about quality assurance issues in higher education.” She added: “A key…


Recognising Foreign Qualifications

Recognising Foreign Qualifications

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) is the National External Quality Assurance Agency (EQAA) for higher education in Jamaica. One of the UCJ’s key functions is to assure the quality of foreign credentials.   The recognition of qualifications is an important element in the cross-border consumption of higher education. As international trade in higher education services increase the demand for recognised foreign qualifications becomes paramount.  The UCJ is the single competent…