Trinidad and Tobago
For a definition of what "Recognized Higher Education Institution" means in Trinidad and Tobago:
A Higher Education Institution can only carry on the business of post secondary or tertiary education or use any of the words “university”, “college”, “tertiary college”, “polytechnic”, “community college”, “technical college”, “technical institute” or “technical university” in its name unless registered under Act no,16 of 2004 and any regulations or rules made under this Act. The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT), which was established by this Act, has as one of its responsibilities to recognize accredited programmes and awards of foreign institutions operating in Trinidad and Tobago.
1. Higher education institutions recognized by competent authorities
- A list of Registered Institutions in Trinidad and Tobago
ACTT maintains a list of registered and accredited post secondary and tertiary institutions operating in Trinidad and Tobago.
2. Higher education programmes recognized by competent authorities
- Programmes from Registered Local Tertiary Level Institutions
ACTT provides authoritative advice and guidance on the recognition of foreign and local tertiary level institutions and qualifications in Trinidad and Tobago. Members of the public and all other stakeholders are invited to submit requests for a Statement on Recognition, which provides details of the accreditation and/or recognition status on any tertiary level institution or qualification, from any part of the world.
3. Information for students planning to study in the country
- Ministry of National Security – Immigration Department’s Requirements for Foreign Students
Students desirous of studying in Trinidad and Tobago need the following:
Letter of Acceptance from School
Valid Return Ticket or Security deposit
Proof of sufficient funds for upkeep
Proof of legitimate lodgings in Trinidad and Tobago
Information and Services - Student Permits
UWI St. Augustine Campus administration offices
University of the Southern Caribbean
4. Information on higher education system
- Description of the education system
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education has the responsibility for the tertiary education system. The system consists of about three publicly funded universities/colleges; training and technical vocational institutions and a range of administrative arrangements with foreign professional bodies, technical/vocational institutions, colleges and universities largely with private tertiary education providers.
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
The University of the West Indies (UWI) is one of the longest existing tertiary education institutions in the country. The St. Augustine campus entered the system in 1960 when the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA) merged with UWI.
- Competent bodies
National Training Agency (NTA)
The NTA co-ordinates and regulates technical and vocational education and training with the aim of promoting a coherent system of quality Technical Vocational Education and Training.
- Ministries/departments responsible for education
Ministry of Science, Technology & Tertiary Education (MSTTE)
- Quality assurance mechanisms
The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT)
ACTT supports continuous quality improvement of institutions in Trinidad and Tobago through on-going research and activities that promote adherence to standards, building institutional capacity and dissemination of best practices.
5. Information on foreign credential assessment and recognition
- Description (procedures)
Foreign Credential Assessment and Recognition
The Accreditation Council has taken over the responsibility for foreign credential assessment and recognition, which was previously handled by the Committee on the Recognition of Degrees (CORD).
6. Information on financial assistance opportunities
- For national students planning to study abroad
Financial Assistance for national students planning to study abroad
The Funding and Grants Administration of MSTTE handles:
Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)
The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)
- For international students planning to study in the country
Ministry of Public Administration
Financial Assistance may be extended to International Students but this may be limited and can vary by both Public & Private Tertiary Level Institution. For instance, USA and Canadian students can apply for loans to attend the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus. However, ALL interested international students are encouraged to contact the International Office at the relevant University for any further information.
Ministry of Public Administration
All scholarships are coordinated through the Scholarships and Advanced Training Division (SATD) of the Ministry of Public Administration and Information.
7. Cross-border higher education
- In Trinidad and Tobago, Cross-border Education includes:
Cross-border Supply - opportunities which do not require the student or the service provider to physically move e.g. distance education, e-learning and virtual universities.
Commercial Presence - where an external service provider establishes a commercial facility in the country.
- Information on foreign providers can be found in Foreign Providers in the Caribbean: Pillagers or Preceptors?
8. National information centre
The Ministry of Public Administration is spearheading the information connectivity of the country through a National Information and Communications Strategy. A key project has been a national portal, one stop shop for public sector information and online services.
9. Other information sources
- National Strategic Plan of Trinidad and Tobago
Information on the Trinidad and Tobago’s plans for the future is documented in Vision 2020, Ministry of Planning, Housing and the Environment.
10. Definitions of key terms
- Definition for Tertiary Education
The term, Tertiary Education, is commonly used in Trinidad and Tobago and it is defined as the teaching and learning process that occurs following successful completion of secondary schooling or its equivalent and provides academic credits or statements of competencies that lead to the award of qualifications such as certificates, diplomas and degrees.
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