16 Oct 2015

Fiji's USP defends criticism

1:51 pm on 16 October 2015

The University of the South Pacific has defended its post graduate courses following criticism from Fiji's Ministry of Education.

The Ministry says it will not recognise certain post graduate teaching qualifications from the University of the South Pacific and the University of Fiji.

It cites concerns about the quality of the teaching programmes, including the level of the qualifications, the teaching staff, and the lack of research components.

These qualifications are the Masters in Educational Leadership, Masters in Teaching and Doctor of Education from the University of Fiji, Masters in Education by course work from the University of the South Pacific, and the Masters in Business Administration from both universities.

However, the USP says its programmes are of the highest quality, are internationally accredited, and all teaching staff have PhD degrees.

The Ministry of Education says it will now undertake a major review of post graduate programmes at these universities.

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