Information Technology students during one of their classes at USP's Pacific TAFE.
Seven programmes with a total of 10 qualifications from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) has been granted full accreditation by the Fiji Qualifications Council (FQC).
The programmes are Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (Level 3), Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations, Certificate IV in Human Resources, Certificate IV in Project Management, Diploma in Information Technology (Level 5), Diploma in Office Management (Level 5), and Diploma in Accounting (Level 5).
According to the Director of Pacific TAFE, Mr Hasmukh Lal, the accreditation confirms that Pacific TAFE, as a new and strategically transformed learning and teaching section, delivers high quality skills qualifications which meet industry standards and labour market demand.
He said that it adds significant value in terms of Pacific TAFE graduate employability and mobilisation in the region and abroad.
The director believes that the accreditation will give competitive edge to students in seeking entry at USP and professional employment opportunities, adding that the accreditations provide confidence to employers to recruit USP graduates, since they are trained with quality and standards.
Mr Lal said that quality programmes help to maintain student satisfaction and stakeholder loyalty as well.
“Pacific TAFE is building a reputation for quality by gaining accreditation with recognised quality agencies regionally and internationally,” he added.
Since November 2015, the application for programme accreditations went through a series of quality assurance processes by the Fiji Higher Education Commission from where the programmes were recommended to be accredited.
Pacific TAFE is looking into achieving FQC accreditation for other programmes.
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