Another privately run tertiary education institution is seeking to assure the nation that its GATE restriction does not affect the legitimacy of its qualifications.
SITAL College says it is unfortunate that due to the revised GATE policy, the qualifications of private institutions are now being called into question.
The new GATE policy only approved funding for locally accredited institutions.
However, SITAL College did not qualify as its tertiary programmes are transnational which means it was accredited by a foreign institution.
Despite no GATE funding now sital says their programmes originate from the United Kingdom and Australia and are not only accredited by the in their countries of origin but approved by the ACTT after extensive reviews.
SITAL College says despite the GATE cut-off it will continue to try to find ways to help students afford these international programmes and will continue to work towards developing local programmes to fill industry gaps.
SITAL College is also hoping that if the economy improves it will positively impact students who choose to study at private institutions as they believe their programmes have contributed to the development of this country.
The following is SITAL's full statement:
"SITAL College would like to reassure the public that all tertiary level programmes offered at their institution originate in the UK and Australia, are accredited in their countries of origin and have been approved by the ACTT, after extensive quality reviews.
Recent changes in the GATE policy do not affect the international acceptance, quality or relevance of these programmes. Such programmes which are developed in other countries and delivered in Trinidad and Tobago are termed transnational programmes, and the new GATE policy discontinues the funding of new students pursuing transnational programmes.
All the tertiary programmes offered by SITAL College are transnational, and therefore do not require the institution to be accredited. Our students prefer these transnationally accredited programmes as they are internationally recognised and serve as entry into further education.
SITAL College continues to strive to provide the best possible standard of education to our students. We are passionate about helping individuals from all sectors of society achieve their career goals, and so improve the human resource of the country in line with our nation’s development goals. We will continue to try to find ways to help students afford to pursue these transnational programmes, and we will continue to work toward developing local programmes to fill industry gaps.
We are hopeful that any changes in the fortunes of the country will positively impact students who choose to study at private institutions like ours. We also believe that we have contributed significantly to the human resource development and advancement of industry in this country, and have an important role to play in its education landscape."