The signing of the Protocol for the alignment of qualifications to the National Qualifications Framework between the Institute of Tourism Studies and the Malta Qualifications Council (MQC) was made in November 2007.
The protocol was signed by Mr Charles Mizzi, Chairman of the Malta Qualifications Council, and Mr Reginald Abela, Chairman of the Board of Governors at ITS. The Hon. Louis Galea, Minister of Education Youth and Employment, presided over the ceremony.
The ceremony was also attended by Dr. James Calleja, Chief Executive Officer of MQC and other members of the National Qualifications Council, Mr Teddy Camilleri, Deputy Director General at ITS, members of staff and students at ITS.
Thanks to the signing of this protocol holders of qualifications from ITS will have easier access to the labour market since their qualifications are aligned with the European Qualifications Framework, the Dublin descriptors for Higher Education, and standards published by Maltese authorities.
The Malta Qualifications Council [MQC] is a national accrediting agency for the development, assessment, certification and accreditation of qualifications other than those in compulsory education and degrees.
Following the launch of the National Qualifications Framework, MQC embarked on an alignment process which will see all state institutions’ foreign qualifications (particularly those accredited by QCA) aligned to the NQF by September 2008; parallel to this process, by September 2008 two sectors will have the full occupational standards ready for publication; these are the IT and Hospitality sectors.
The three major public entities that award qualifications are ITS, the University of Malta, and MCAST.
The Institute of Tourism Studies is an autonomous and self-regulating institute that provides vocational education and training of a high standard in the tourism and hospitality industry.