Universities and Colleges in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago has numerous tertiary level institutions (TLIs), including the St Augustine Campus of the regional University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Trinidad and Tobago, which was established by the government in 2004 and includes the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry. At St Augustine, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in agriculture, education, engineering, humanities, law, medical sciences, sciences and social sciences. Other tertiary institutions include College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts; and Polytechnic Institute, which provides adult education in the evenings and shares premises with the Sixth Form Government School. There are also many private colleges offering franchised North American and British degree and diploma programmes. All institutions and organisations that want to provide technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the country need approval from the National Training Agency (NTA). Distance education programmes are also offered by a wide range of tertiary, or post-secondary, institutions. The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) is responsible for accrediting TLIs and implementing standards and mechanisms to assure the quality of the programmes they offer. There is virtually no illiteracy among people aged 15-24.