Meeting with the Malta Chamber of SMEs committee members

On Monday 18th October, MFHEA CEO Dr Rose Anne Cuschieri and MFHEA management members met with the committee members of the SME Chamber who represent operators licensed by MFHEA. During a constructive exchange of views, they discussed amongst other topics; the transition from a Commission to an Authority, the Expression of Interest to establish an Advisory Committee and the strong capacity of the Licensed Providers in the FHE sphere.

The MFHEA Head Legal Dr Dennis Zammit explained how the Schedule of fines as published by the MFHEA, offers more #transparency and #protects the licensed providers from unfair competition. Head  of Licensing, Accreditation, Validation and Quality Assurance, Mr Lawrence Azzopardi clarified that the process of having an accredited programme is specified in the Referencing Report. He continued that relationships of trust are an integral aspect of the quality assurance processes.

The discussion addressed the realistic challenges of timeframes and resources in the context of the geographical and proximity contexts. The participants shared their experiences about detailed processes and procedures to ensure quality education. Mutual Recognition Coordinator Mr Philip Vella explained that there is a very detailed legal framework stemming from the Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC about regulated professions.

Mr Azzopardi reminded the participants that the MFHEA is organising a Webinar to launch the Guidelines on Quality Assurance for Online Learning Providers in Malta, to be held on Wednesday 27th October 2021.

Dr Cuschieri said that the MFHEA embraces an open-door policy and the team welcomes a dialogue leading to a way forward between the participants in the discussion who constitute key stakeholders and beneficiaries of quality-oriented actions.

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