The National Accreditation Board (NAB) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is a multi-island nation state with a population of just over 100,000 people. It is 150 sq miles (389 km) and forms part of the grouping known as the Windward Islands. The island’s history generally mirrors that of the rest of the Anglophone Caribbean. In 1979, SVG obtained political independence from Britain.

The National Accreditation Board (NAB) of SVG was established in 2008 following the passage of the relevant legislation (Act No 35 of 2006) to govern the functions, power and authority of the Board. The NAB is headed by Dr. Rosalind Ambrose. It has broad-based representation from the established professions in SVG.

The functions of the Board include: the consideration of applications for recognition, registration, and accreditation of institutions of higher learning in SVG. The Board is also empowered by law: to ensure that the quality of all higher education programmes offered meet the standards set by the Board for any award of degrees, to determine equivalency of programmes of study and qualification in accordance with the framework established by the pertinent accreditation body, and to assist in due diligence in respect of qualifications presented for the purpose of functioning legitimately in SVG.

The Accreditation Unit (AU), which is located in the Ministry of Education, serves as the secretariat for the NAB. The AU is currently headed by Mrs. Descima Hamilton, Senior Education Officer. The other officers assigned to the Accreditation Unit include: Ms. Desiree Robinson, Ms. Jonelle O’Garro, and Mr. Kala Henry. Supportive Education and Training (SET) intern Ms. Arianne Beache, is also assigned to the AU. However, the functioning of the AU is also enabled by a number of Senior Education Officers in the Ministry of Education and External Evaluators. Additional information on the NAB / AU, can be found on our website: www.nabsvg.gov.vc