Professor Govind Lingam, Head of USP’s School of Education hands over the ACECQA Certificate of Accreditation to Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has received yet another international accreditation, this time for its Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education and Care) programme.
The programme has been added to the Australia Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) list of approved qualifications.
The confirmation came via a letter to the University by Ms Emma Richards, Manager Qualifications Assessment with ACECQA.
In the letter, Ms Richards confirmed that following assessment of USP’s application, the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education and Care) was added to the approved list of ACECQ qualifications.
Ms Richards noted that the requirements were met under Section 137 (1) (a) of the Education and Care Services National Law of Australia.
“Programmes are approved by ACECQA for five years. The programme will remain on ACECQA’s approved list of qualifications until 1 May 2022 unless it undergoes significant changes in the meantime,” Ms Richards further stated.
Professor Lingam commended the work of his staff particularly the Programme Coordinator, Dr Lavinia Tiko and highlighted that this achievement would not have been possible without team work and their individual contributions.
“This is a huge plus for us as our students can now be assured of the international credibility of the programme they have enrolled in.
“It opens up a whole new horizon for our students because of the fact that with this accreditation they can be more marketable in terms of employment opportunities internationally,” Professor Lingam noted.
Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) said she was delighted with the achievement and congratulated Professor Lingam, Dr Tiko and the rest of the staff at the SoED for their commitment, perseverance and hard work in getting this programme formally accredited by the ACECQ.
“We are elated with the news and we strive for more accreditations this year. This Accreditation has indicated the quality of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education and Care) programme and is the best in the region; USP is the place to be for teachers who want training in this area,” she said.
“We are grateful for the continued support, push and encouragement from Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP to the School of Education and FALE,” she stated.
Dr Kedrayate also mentioned that FALE is hoping to have two more programmes accredited this year.
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