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National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority

UNEVOC Centre (National Body) since 2006

NAQAA was established by an ACT of Parliament in April 2015, repealing the National Training Authority (NTA) ACT and mandated to regulate national tertiary and higher education institutions in ensuring that their programmes (skills development, professional and academic) are responsive to individual, labour market and national imperatives. Thus, NAQAA replaces the NTA (whose mandate was limited to the regulation of TVET institutions) with a broader mandate.



The mission of NAQAA is to assure continuous quality improvement and efficient performance of Gambian tertiary and higher education institutions in terms of their systems and programmes; promote quality professional assessment and improve harmonization and benchmarking of accreditation and quality assurance practices in these institutions to internationally recognized standards and to ensure qualifications are valued for employability through the establishment of a coherent national qualifications system that will contribute significantly to the social and economic development of the country.

The vision of NAQAA is to be a world class regulatory body that would deliver quality accreditation services with integrity and accountability, for the provision of a workforce that is competent, certified, innovative, and entrepreneurial and contributes to the continual development of The Gambia.


The Objectives of NAQAA includes but not limited to, the provision bold leadership in the development and implementation of accreditation and quality assurance standards such that all partners can ensure effectiveness in the system to the advantage of the education sector; establish a viable and recognized national quality assurance and accreditation; establish a viable and recognized national quality assurance and accreditation system benchmark to international standards; ensure relevant, high quality tertiary and higher education programmes; ensure research capability and credibility to direct and steer policy, legislative and national debates on key human capital formation priorities and to impact on national planning processes; support continuous quality improvement to raise the level of confidence in the outcomes of tertiary and higher education; and enhance lifelong learning through establishing policy and criteria on assessment, promote credit-based curricula and transfer system, and recognition of prior learning.

Regular tasks

The regular task of the Authority includes:

- Monitor and oversee the quality assurance practices of tertiary and higher education institutions for continuous quality improvement

- register education and training providers, trainers and assessors in line with the National Qualifications Framework; Coordinate internships and apprenticeships;

- Coordinate the collection, organization and compilation of post-secondary educational data;

- Conduct educational researches to inform policy and decision making within the tertiary and higher education sector.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
  Secondary focus
Developing knowledge    Not in our mandate
Developing and building capacities
  Secondary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
  Secondary focus
  Secondary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
Interested to lead
  Interested to contribute
OER and Online Learning
   Interested to learn
Equity of access in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Gender equality in TVET
   Interested to learn
Fostering entrepreneurship
   Interested to learn
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
Highly interested
Knowledge development
  Moderately interested
Workshops and conferences
Highly interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
Highly interested
With Asia and the Pacific
  Moderately interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
  Moderately interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately interested


National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA)
Kanifing Institutional Layout
P.O. Box 1087 Kanifing


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Head of UNEVOC Centre
Dr. Gibril Jaw
Chief Executive Officer

UNEVOC Coordinator
Sambujang Marreh
Research and Development

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