Welcome to the Solomon Islands Tertiary Education and Skills Authority (SITESA) website.
SITESA was established under the SITESA Act which was gazetted in 2019 which provides for the establishment of a statutory authority under the Minister for Education and Human Resources Development.
Under the Act, the strategic aim of the new Authority is to provide leadership and to facilitate higher quality tertiary education and vocational skills delivery designed to meet the future needs of Solomon Islands for a highly skilled and productive workforce.
SITESA has responsibility for implementing the Government’s new Tertiary Education and Skills Policy, Scholarships Policy and National Tertiary Education and Skills Plan. These Policies provide the legal mandate and governing instruments for the management of the tertiary education and skills sector.
SITESA will be responsible for the promotion, planning, capacity development and coordination of the tertiary education and skills sector and ensuring our country has a high quality and internationally respected tertiary system. SITESA manages the implementation of the new national qualifications framework and quality assurance system; regulates and quality assures all tertiary providers and national level course accreditation processes; promotes professional standards across the tertiary skills sector including teaching, capacity building, research and data collection; manages the overall budget for the tertiary education and skills sector, including scholarships, infrastructure grants and funding allocations, incentives and/or purchasing arrangements with national and international education and training providers; ensures budget and performance compliance and is accountable to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury and the Office of the Auditor General.