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2014 February 20th: Ministry of Education-Dili, Press Release: Institutional Accreditation Results of UNDIL and UNITAL

posted Feb 24, 2014, 7:00 PM by IT Administrator   [ updated Aug 19, 2014, 12:27 AM ]

Following up to the submission of the Self Assessment Report from UNDIL and UNITAL to the National Agency for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (NAAAA), on 21 – 24 October 2013, NAAAA has conducted an ‘Institutional Accreditation’ site visit to both universities for 4 days visits by involving a team of reviewers; Dr. Manuel Corpus from Philippines, Prof. Dr. Nirwan Idrus from Malaysia, and Ms. Dirce Belo; the Quality officer of NAAAA.

Based on the result of the observations, assessment, and analysis during the site visits, the team of reviewers recommended that both universities are eligible to become an accredited higher education based on the national criteria/standards, and the accreditation status is valid for 5 years of period and both universities are obliged to proceed to a program accreditation in future.

Both universities are also strongly recommended to continuously improve their quality and taking account the recommendations from the team of reviewers for the future development of the institutions.

It is the full competence of the National Agency for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (NAAAA) to undertake the accreditation process including the public announcement such as this press release; therefore, on Thursday 20th of February 2014, the Ministry of Education through the NAAAA conducted press coverage to formally announce the accreditation status of UNDIL and UNITAL. The Press release was opened by the Minister of Education, HE. Bendito Freitas who took a chance to disseminate the report result from the accreditation panels and to formally announce to the public that UNDIL and UNITAL have been institutionally accredited. The event also participated by the Vice Minister for Higher Education; HE. Marçal Avelino Ximenes, the Director General of Higher Education; Mr. Abrão dos Santos, both rectors of UNDIL and UNITAL, staff of NAAAA, and all local media’s journalists such as TVTL, RTL, STL, and Timor Post.