I proceeded to the launching of the workshop ‘International Practices in quality assurance’, held at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles. I was pleased to welcome the distinguished resource persons who were there today to share their views and experiences on quality assurance in tertiary education – a topic of much interest to us. It is a dynamic and multi dimensional concept. Generally we would associate the term quality with a notion of excellence. In the field of tertiary education, quality has developed into various facets such as quality as fitness for purpose, quality as fitness of purpose, quality as a mechanism for value addition, quality for student centred transformation and quality as enhancement or improvement. As we consider the need for quality in tertiary education, all these different facets of quality have one very essential common component - that is continuous improvement of academic standards.Our ultimate aim should be to develop a culture of quality within the tertiary education institutions and consider linking public funding of tertiary education to quality indicators as a means to ensure continuous quality improvements. Since Quality is a prime concern of this Government and my Ministry in particular, I expect that today’s workshop, based on an overview of quality assurance practices of three countries will help them to assess our regulatory framework and support capacity building in quality assurance.
- Rajesh Jeetah
- Dr Jeetah was elected Member of the National Assembly in December 2003 for the first time for Constituency No.7 (Piton/Rivière du Rempart), and remained so until April 2005. Dr Jeetah was re-elected as: • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.11 (Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle), in 2005 and became Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce & Cooperatives (2005 to 2008).He became Minister of Health & Quality of Life (2008 to 2010). • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.10 (Montagne Blanche- GRSE)in 2010 and became Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology till 2014. Education and Qualifications: a. University of Cambridge (2002 -2003) - ACU Research Fellowship b. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (1984-1993) • BSc (Hons) – Textile Technology • PhD – Textile Technology