Dr. Michael Dowlath, Chairman - Remarks at ACTT's Launch of On-line Compendium - October 12, 2011

REMARKS
BY
DR. MICHAEL DOWLATH, CHAIRMAN, THE ACCRDITATION COUNCIL
OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
AT THE
PRESS CONFERENCE TO LAUNCH THE COMPENDIUM OF
REGISTERED, ACCREDITED AND RECOGNISED
INSTITUTIONS/AWARDING BODIES AND PROGRAMMES 2011-2012
AT
ALGICO PLAZA’S PENTHOUSE
ON
WEDNESDAY 12TH OCTOBER, 2011
AT 10:00 A.M.


Salutations
Senator the Honourable Fazal Karim, Minister of Science, Technology and
Tertiary Education
Mr. Jaggernauth Soom, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science Technology &
Tertiary Education
Ms. Angela Sinaswee-Gervais - Deputy Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Science
Technology and Tertiary Education
Members of the Council’s Board of Directors
Mr. Michael Bradshaw, Executive Director, ACTT
Members of the Council’s Management Team
Specially Invited Guests:
Chairman MIC- Mr. David Lee
Chairman NESC- Mr. Feeroz Khan,
Chairman NIHERST- Mr. Jwala Rambaran
CEO NTA- Mrs. Elphege Joseph
CEO’s and President’s MSTTE Agencies
Institution Heads and Management Team
Fellow staff members
Members of the Media
Students
Ladies and Gentlemen


Good morning ladies and gentlemen,
Firstly let me thank you all for attending this auspicious event. Your presence here
signifies that you understand the importance of this on-line Launch of ACTT’s
Compendium. At the Accreditation Council, we take the protection of students as
one of our most important responsibilities, not only because it’s mandated in
Section 8 2(p) of Chapter 39:06, but because of what we do as an organisation. Our
organisational activities are focussed on making a difference in the lives of citizens
who depend on us to safeguard their interests. We believe in helping every citizen
achieve their dreams and ambitions regarding their tertiary education. Further
through the cooperation between ACTT, and other agencies under the Ministry of
Science, Technology and Tertiary Education it is the aim that every citizen will
have access to higher education regardless of their age.


The Compendium compiled by ACTT, provides to the citizens of Trinidad and
Tobago an array of quality assured programmes offered at both public and private
registered and accredited post secondary and tertiary level institutions. Students
who are enrolled in programmes listed in the Compendium as well as potential
students from around the world can be assured that these programmes are
recognised by ACTT.


I take this opportunity to encourage all students to make use of ACTT’s
compendium of registered, accredited and recognised institutions and awarding
bodies as a guide in making your decisions about an institution or programme. I
invite you today to go on-line and explore not only the Compendium but also
ACTT’s website, where there are portals for different stakeholders. Students can
access pertinent information on what to ask tertiary level institutions about their
offerings before enrolling. There are also articles and tips for preserving their
certificates and even tips on how to study for exams. Further, students can learn
how to protect themselves from enrolling in Diploma Mills. Diploma Mills are
institutions of higher education operating without supervision of a state or
professional agency and which grants diplomas which are fraudulent and
worthless.


ACTT’s website is interactive and user-friendly, and with the addition of the
Compendium, is an entire reservoir of information of the current higher education
sector in Trinidad and Tobago. I implore all students, parents, teachers, school
administrators; all citizens to visit ACTT’s website and download the compendium
and refer to it for all your higher education pursuits.


Today’s launch of the on-line Compendium is the first in a series of activities to
celebrate ACTT’s Quality Assurance month in October. This year’s theme,
“Promoting a Culture of Quality through Continuous Improvement of the Higher
Education Sector” sends a direct message about ACTT’s commitment to
institutional development. I extend an invitation to each of you present and to the
citizens of this country to get involved, and participate in the different activities
some of which extends to November of this year.


The culmination of these activities is ACTT’s 1st National Conference on Higher
Education at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) on November
17 and 18, 2011. This Conference will provide a forum in which international best
practices are shared. It is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in quality
assurance and quality management in higher education to learn from leaders and
experts in the field on the future of the sector.


In closing, I wish to thank the members of staff of ACTT including Mr. Michael
Bradshaw, the newly appointed Executive Director, who has worked assiduously
in developing this Compendium. It gives me great pleasure to know that even
though we are small in numbers, we play a pivotal role in shaping the tertiary
education sector in this country. I also wish to thank my fellow members of the
Board for continuously lending their support in evolutionising the ACTT brand. I
thank the Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, Senator the
Honourable Fazal Karim for his continued support to the Board of Directors and
for the vision he has for ACTT and Trinidad and Tobago.


Thank You