The Mauritius Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a body corporate operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources. Its main objectives are to develop, implement and maintain a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) – a system designed to recognise the attainment of knowledge, understanding and skills by people in Mauritius; ensure compliance with provisions for registration and accreditation of training institutions; and ensure that standards and registered qualifications are internationally comparable.
The vision of the Authority is to promote valued qualifications for employability and lifelong learning while its mission is to continuously enhance good practice and relevant expertise to safeguard public interest in quality education and training.
The Authority is managed by a Board and headed by a Director who is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the execution of the policy of the Board and the control and management of the day-to-day business of the Authority.
The MQA has now an established NQF and is implementing Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the TVET sector. In addition, Quality Assurance Standards have been set up for improved compliance by both public and private training institutions. As at 31 December 2011, the Authority has registered 582 Training Institutions and 3673 Trainers, accredited 1471 Award Programmes, approved 8922 Non-Award courses, processed 358 applications of Recognition of qualifications and 326 requests for the Equivalence of qualifications. Until December 2011, MQA has also generated 3812 Unit Standards and 145 National Qualifications.