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What is registration?

Registration provides an institution with the opportunity to establish a formal, publicly recognised relationship with the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), and is the requirement to seeking accreditation from the UCJ.

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What is accreditation?

Accreditation is the status granted to an institution or programme that has been found, through self-study and peer review, to meet or exceed stated guidelines of educational quality. The role of the accrediting body is to ensure quality through encouraging the improvement of educational standards.

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Is registration/accreditation compulsory?

No. Accreditation is a voluntary activity that promotes self-evaluation, self-regulation and accountability among tertiary institutions.

What are diploma/degree mills?

A diploma mill (degree mill) is an organization that awards academic degrees and diplomas with substandard or no academic study and without recognition by official educational accrediting bodies. The purchaser can then claim to hold an academic degree. Diploma mills are frequently named to sound confusingly similar to those of prestigious accredited academic institutions. Despite the fact that trademark law is intended to prevent this situation, diploma mills continue to employ various methods to avoid legal recourse.

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What is a recognised higher education institution?

A recognized higher education institution in Jamaica is an institution offering programmes of study to students who have successfully completed secondary education. Recognized institutions are those registered/accredited by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ). The UCJ is the national quality assurance body for tertiary education in Jamaica.

What is cross-border higher education?

Cross-border higher education is defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as higher education that takes place in situations where the teacher, student, programme, institution/provider or course materials cross national jurisdictional borders. Cross-border higher education may include higher education by public/private and not-for-profit/for-profit providers. The UCJ is the competent authority to establish the quality of cross-border education at the tertiary level delivered within Jamaica.