- European Higher Education Area - EHEA
Membership in EQARMalta has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since February 2008.
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General information on higher education
Higher education in Malta is provided by:
- Public tertiary education: University of Malta, the Malta Collage of Arts, Science and Technology, and the Institute of Tourism Studies Malta.
- Private higher education institutions
National external quality assurance requirements
Depending on the accreditation status, higher education institutions may be public self-accrediting institutions, licensed institutions or provisional licensed institutions who are working towards fulfilling all the requirements to obtain a regular licence.
The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) is the responsible body for licensing, accreditation and quality assurance for further and higher education institutions in Malta.
All institutions, including self-accrediting ones, have to be reviewed and audited periodically by NCFHE as part of the External Quality Assurance process as defined by NCFHE.
Education institutions (whether national, international, public or private) must have their programme audits approved by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE). Locally accredited courses currently do not have an accreditation expiry date. By exception, public institutions that have a 'self-accrediting status' established by NCFHE do not need to submit programmes for accreditation if these fall within the scope of the Malta Qualification Framework (MQF) level of their self-accrediting status. They would need to do so if they intend to provide programmes that exceed the MQF level of their self-accrediting status.
Cross-border quality assurance
In Malta under certain conditions higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency.
Programme audits can be carried out directly by a panel experts appointed by NCFHE or by an EQAR-registered external agency.
Eligibility requirements for foreign agencies: Prior approval by the NCFHE is required for suitability, language proficiency, capacity and experience. The audit process and the terms of reference must be reviewed and approved by NCFHE before the audit process begins.
Conditions for the agencies’ work (e.g. criteria to be used): The external quality assurance agency has to follow the accreditation criteria set out in the national legislation governing further and higher education and, therefore, also all relevant regulations and communications issued by NCFHE.
Recognition of reviews carried out by foreign agencies: The final decision is taken by the NCFHE on the result of the accreditation procedure.
European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes
In Malta the European Approach is available to higher education institutions.
According to confirmation by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Employment, in case of joint programmes higher education institutions may opt for a programme audit by a suitable EQAR-registered agency, using the agreed standards of the European Approach.
Registered agencies operating in Malta
No registered agencies operating in Malta.