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Department of Quality Qualifications Framework


The Quality and Qualifications Framework Department which is also referred to as the Quality & Standard Office (QSO) is an academic support office of the Solomon Islands University (SINU). Under the 2019 restructuring, this newly established office comes under the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic (PVCA) and thus reports to PVCA. It plays a critical role in providing guidance and advice to the University and staff on quality and standards to ensure that all programme offerings are at a comparable standard and quality and meet expectations nationally, regionally and internationally. SINU’s recent adoption of the Australian Qualifications Framework is a prudent move to ensure the University achieves such comparability of standards and quality of its programmes as the AQF is an internationally recognized framework.

Roles and Functions

The QQF department’s major roles and functions are encompassed well in the following very important SINU Council-approved documents which it has both in electronic format and hard copies. The Department ensures that these documents adhere as a matter of compliance.

Quality Assurance Manual

The Quality Assurance Manual sets out the University’s quality processes, and aims to provide guidance on all aspects of University quality assurance of SINU. and enhancement covering both academic and service departments

Academic Policy

The policy ensures that each programme, each award, is structured, delivered and assessed in a fair and consistent manner. It covers everything from registration, part/full time enrollment, academic conduct, assessment, progression and pathways through to graduation.

Programme Development and Review Policy

The policy ensures that academic programmes are developed and approved in accordance with the Solomon Islands National Qualifications Framework and the strategic direction and policies. The policy also ensures that all programmes are of high quality, relevant to the discipline and industry requirements, and meets national, regional and international standards.

Qualifications Framework

SINU programmes need to comply with the standards established by the Qualifications Frameworks (QFs). In its 2019 review of the QFs, SINU Senate adopted the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The necessary ? was done and permission to use the AQF was granted in May 2020. As such the SICHE/SINU QF is now replaced by the AQF. There is ongoing work on the ground to ensure that all units and programmes to which the units belong are compliant with the requirements set out in the AQF.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to the development, implementation and monitoring of a quality system, relevant policies, regulations, guidelines, procedures to ensure quality and standards.

  • Monitoring quality and standards across the University and ensuring that this major part of the office’s role impacts the change desired through visits, communications, dialogues, organised training workshops and retreats and most importantly maintaining links with professional bodies.

  • Facilitating the submission and approval of the list of programmes that require development, twice-yearly; in February and July.

  • Ensuring that all newly proposed programmes, from initial to full proposals, are compliant with the standard templates and that approvals of such at the various levels with the required accompanying documents are done/ready prior to meetings of the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) and the Senate.

  • Providing assistance and guidance to programme reviewers in preparing self-review requirements and documentation.

  • Creating a database of all programmes with units belonging to each (programme documentation) indicating costs, lecturers/staff responsible for teaching each unit, covid-vaccination status, private/government-sponsored students (duration and whether or not completed the programme), etc., and having the relevant information readily available as and when required.

  • Creating a database of all programme requirements stipulated under the policies (programme matrix) indicating approval of the programme, start of the programme (year), duration, award, internal/external review details, unit descriptors & student guides/books status, SITESA registration, audits/accreditation, etc.

  • Carrying out a quality check of requirements for all units of each programme and ensuring availability of these at the beginning of each semester by having in place unit descriptors and materials (e.g. unit guides) that are compliant with the standard template.

  • Maintaining links with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), Solomon Islands Maritime Authority, Solomon Islands Tertiary Education and Skills Authority, other Professional Bodies, potential employers and others alike to ensure that training requirements are met.

  • Conducting daily audits of all classes, documenting and reporting these to the relevant offices for purposes of ensuring that the students get the maximum benefit from all their classes.

  • Facilitate the submission of relevant reports from faculties and institutes as per the policies and documents such.

  • Ensuring that mandatory reports as per the policies are submitted by the faculties as and when required.

  • Collaborating with all faculties in preparing the university programmes offered by them for audit and/or external validation through self-reviews and internal audits.

  • Facilitating the registration of the university programmes by the Solomon Islands Tertiary Education Authority and Skills Authority under the new national qualifications framework and quality assurance system.

  • Conducting an internal audit of processes relevant to the QQF department such as the enrolment process, verification of all final grades prior to the Senate, etc. and documenting these to inform decisions.

  • Facilitating the establishment of all programme advisory committees and their meetings as required under the policies.


Mrs. Tiraro Galo



Chief Quality Assurance Officer


Principal Quality Assurance Officer


Auditor Quality Assurance Officer

Ms. Gloria Tome


Ms. Venessa Bokabule

Clerical Officer