ANAAA concludes evaluation of programmatic accreditation of higher education institutions

ANAAA concludes evaluation of programmatic accreditation of higher education institutions

ANAAA’s Executive Director in Timor-Leste, Edmundo Viegas

DILI, 18 october 2021 (TATOLI) – The National Agency for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (ANAAA) had concluded the evaluation of the programmatic accreditation of 25 study programs across seven higher education institutions in the country.

These 25 programs include nutrition, international relations, social communication, Tetun, and sports at the National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL); public health (Master‘s Degree ), public administration (Master’s Degree), law (Master’s Degree), and civil construction at UNPAZ University; law, public health, nursing, public administration, social communication, agroforestry, and fisheries at UNITAL; public health, dental, nurse and petroleum engineering at University of Dili (UNDIL); computerize accounting at Institute of Business (IOB); Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Dili Institute of Technology (DIT); and nursing and midwifery at Cristal Institute.

The assessment of the 25 study programs was launched by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Culture (MESSK) on july 23 and concluded on october 9, 2021, with the assessment of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at DIT.

The accreditation process consists of two stages: the desk assessment (document review) and site visit:

  • The Desk Assessment (Documentation review): is the process of evaluating the report document of each study program, submitted by each university to ANAAA.
  • The site visit is on-site verification of the running and delivery of a degree program, the findings of which are compiled in the site-visit team’s report.

ANAAA’s Executive Director, Edmundo Viegas said each of the 25 programs was assessed by two national evaluators and one international assessor via zoom meeting.

“Now my technical secretary is working on finalizing the report of programmatic evaluation of the seven higher institutions,” Viegas told TATOLI, at his office, in Dili, on friday (15/10).

He said possibly ANAAA would commence the evaluation of the institutional accreditation of the eight higher education institutions, namely UNTL, UNPAZ, IOB, DIT, CANOSSA, CRISTAL, ICR, and ICFP-Baucau on the third or fourth week of october.

“These eight tertiary institutions would be subjected for their third time to the evaluation of institutional accreditation. Their first institutional accreditation evaluation took place in 2008-09, and the second one was in 2015. The third evaluation of institutional accreditation was scheduled to take place in 2020, but due to the Covid-19 situation in the country, the evaluation process had to be postponed to 2021,” said Viegas.

Viegas said once the institutional accreditation evaluation was finalized, then the preliminary result would be presented to ANAAA’s Board for its approval before submitting it to MESSK.

Accreditation is a clear sign that a university or program has met established standards in providing a beneficial learning experience to its students.

The importance of accreditation is that it creates a set of quality standards of study degrees. In addition, accreditation aims to ensure accountability of schools and degree programs which boosts public trust and confidence.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario


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