A team from The University of the South Pacific (USP) and University of New Caledonia (UNC) met with the management of the Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education (VITE) to discuss the alignment of the Bachelor of Education Primary and Secondary Teaching Programme that VITE intends to offer by February 2019.

The visiting partner institution teams comprised Dr Mesake Dakuidreketi and Dr Ledua Waqailiti from USP’s School of Education (SOEd) and Dr Sophie Cherrier and Dr Pierre Yves Leroux from UNC. 

Held from 15 to 16 March 2018, the meeting focused mainly on the alignment of the VITE’s Vision and Mission statement along with the Institutional Graduate Profile; Programme Graduate Profile; the Programme Learning Outcomes; and the overall structure of the two Bachelor of Education Programmes – Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary). 

Dr Dakuidreketi, SOEd’s Deputy Head of School said the alignment is part of VITE’s benchmarking processes to ensure regional recognition of its programmes facilitating its graduates to pursue further studies at the two regional universities or at any other university at higher degree levels such as Masters and PhD.

“Initial processes of the implementation of the Programme were discussed with the Vanuatu Qualification Authority (VQA). With their assistance, specific steps of accreditation have been identified and VITE’s Programme Accreditation Team (PAT) was established to lead in designing the Bachelor of Education Programme,” he explained. 

At the moment, further consultations are still to be carried out with the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), the VQA, the course Programme Development Steering Committee, and the VITE academic staff and other stakeholders. 

He noted it is also important to hear the views of these relevant stakeholders in order to be assured of the quality of the new qualification for those who wish to choose teaching as their career and who will be shaping the life of Vanuatu children in the future.

The two-day meeting was made possible through financial assistance from AgenceFraincaice de Development (AFD) in Paris and technical support from the management of the two universities (USP and UNC).  The next meeting is scheduled to take place from 30 April to 2 May 2018.

“Such assistance by SOEd to national institutions is encouraged as it will ultimately contribute towards qualitative improvement in education in the region”, said the Head of SOEd, Professor Govinda Lingam.

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