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MALDIVES ACCREDITATION BOARD. Ministry of Higher Education, Employment & Social Security, Male’, Maldives. Presented by AHMED ANWAR Director General Maldives Accreditation Board. Introduction. Maldives Accreditation Board (MAB) was created by a presidential Decree in 14 August 2000.

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MALDIVES ACCREDITATION BOARD

Ministry of Higher Education, Employment & Social Security, Male’, Maldives

Presented by AHMED ANWAR

Director General

Maldives Accreditation Board.


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Introduction

  • Maldives Accreditation Board (MAB) was created by a presidential Decree in 14 August 2000.

  • MAB’s mandate is to enhance and assure quality of Tertiary Education in the Maldives and to validate qualifications awarded in testimony of educational attainments. A framework was designed and developed in 2001 to protect these qualifications. This framework is called the Maldives National Qualifications Framework (MNQF).


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Maldives National Qualifications Framework (MNQF) is designed to

  • Facilitate development of a quality assurance mechanism for Tertiary Education in the country.

  • Provide a Framework for recognition of qualifications offered in the Maldives and abroad.


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Features of MNQF

  • The qualifications recognized in the MNQF are classified in two groups: (1) Further Education and Training, and (2) Higher Education.

  • The levels of qualifications (e.g. Certificate 1 and Certificate 2) are differentiated based on the breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge and skills that are included in various qualifications.


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Features of MNQF

  • All qualifications in the MNQF have purpose and are inter-related to each other, providing for articulation from one qualification to the other by recognizing prior learning.

  • MNQF provides pathways for life-long learning.

  • The recommended minimum credit hours and credit points for each qualification are provided.


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Features of MNQF

  • The length of time it would normally take to complete a course leading to each qualification is expressed in weeks and academic years.




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Benefits of (MNQF)

For learners

  • Recognized by employers, educational institutions, and the general public.

  • Transferable for various other courses the learner may take in the future.

  • Able to provide greater choice and flexibility in what, where and how to learn.


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Benefits of (MNQF)

For employers

  • Assurance of the quality of the qualifications.

  • Education and training that are relevant for the industry.

  • Increased availability of skilled and adaptable employees.


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Benefits of (MNQF)

For course providers

  • Validate the quality of their courses and certificates.

  • Offer standard-based training with measurable outcomes.

  • Provide training for nationally-recognized qualifications.

  • Transfer academic credits between qualifications and institutions.


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Benefits of (MNQF)

For course providers

  • Expand the range of programmes offered.

  • Benefit from external monitoring that leads to quality improvement.





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Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance is provided through the following policies:

  • Qualifications recognized through MNQF must meet or exceed specified quality benchmarks.

  • A course leading to a qualification in the MNQF must meet the Pre-Qualifying Criteria (PQC), which sets the minimum quality standards acceptable to the Maldives Accreditation Board.



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