Licensing and Accreditation of educational institutions falls under the responsibility of the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE), which is also responsible for Quality Assurance and for the recognition of qualifications.
Licensed further and higher educational institutions are divided into the following categories:
- Institutions with a regular licence that have fully satisfied all necessary conditions in the subsidiary legislation;
- Institutions with a provisional licence working towards fulfilling all requisites to obtain regular licence; and
- Institutions considered as public self-accredited institutions.
Detailed information on how a provider can obtain a licence, as well as programme accreditation, may be found on the NCFHE website.
The NCFHE also provides guidance to educational institutions that embark on processes of internal and external quality assurance in order to enhance learning outcomes provided through their programmes. The quality assurance framework is based on European standards and guidelines which have been adapted to the Maltese context. These contribute towards a national quality culture leading to increased satisfaction and positioning of Malta as a regional provider of excellence in further and higher education.