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Ministry of Higher Education fulfills first 100 days pledges

Fathmath Shaahunaz
28 March 2019, MVT 09:23
Senior officials of the Ministry of Higher Education speak to the press. PHOTO: AHMED NISHAATH / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
28 March 2019, MVT 09:23

Ministry of Higher Education on Wednesday marked the fulfilment of all seven pledges made by the ministry for the First 100 Days of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's government.

In a press conference, Minister Dr Ibrahim Hassan revealed that the fulfilled pledges are:

- Facilitating low-interest student loans for higher studies

- Introducing free undergraduate courses in Maldives

- Scholarship opportunity to any country for the national top achiever in A' Level Examinations

- Higher Achievers Scholarship to OECD nations

- Conducting a National Training Needs Analysis

- Operating the Milano-Bicocca Maldives outpost

- Granting legal authority to Maldives Qualification Authority (MQA)

Out of the seven pledges, the proposal to grant legal authority to MQA is currently under committee review at the parliament.

The minister also shed light on the National Training Needs Analysis, noting that discussions were held with more than 150 employees of the government and private sectors across the country. The report specified 12 fields which required training for people, including education, tourism, construction, business, economy and fisheries.

Dr Hassan added that the Analysis, which was carried out after a considerable amount of time, further identified new sectors that required training, such as guesthouse management, Islamic banking, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data Analysis.

The minister stated that the government would focus on these fields in conducting training programmes for employment.

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