An Appraisal of Tertiary Level Institutional Collaboration and Joint Degree Programs in Trinidad and Tobago
MKS Sastry, C. K. Sankat, D. Exall, K. D. Srivastava, H. Khan, B. Copeland, W. Lewis, D. Bhajan
Academic institutions, colleges and newly established Universities often seek academic alliances with larger, more established Universities to bring value, recognition and acceptance to their programs. This mechnanism also helps to build educational capacity. Partnerships and alliances between Universities and Colleges are leading to the offering of joint degrees. The regional University of the West Indies (UWI), and the newly established national University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) have partnered to offer two Undergraduate degrees. This paper presents the mechanisms and experiences of administering these joint programs; from conceptualization of the partnership, identification of the training needs and program development to program execution. Mechanisms for Quality Assurance and International Accreditation of the programs are reviewed and a framework for the joint administration of such programs is presented.
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