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1. All VHEI’s academic activities must be undertaken through its Academic Council (AC). For each study program, the AC appoints an Academic Advisor (AA) among the academic staff of the Institute, to advise students on academic issues and assist the Commission for student admission and progression (SAPC). The Student Support Office (SSO) is responsible for ensuring that the diverse needs of campus students are satisfied. Any special requests for specific resources must be submitted to the administration for the necessary action.

2. Since VHEI accepts only a limited number of students in each of its course programs, attention to progression and student satisfaction is of crucial importanc The AA and the SAPC of the corresponding study program will therefore monitor each individual student. The AA will track the academic progress of the individual students in their course programs and will take any action that may be required to identify and resolve eventual problems. The feedback forms presented by the students at the end of each study unit will be collected and analysed by the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC).

3. Before  the  beginning  of each academic year, the  AC reviews the policies  of the Institute contained in this document and publishes any updates on the VHEI website and/or Port It also determines any specific regulations and procedures (on admission, prior learning, progression, etc.) for each study program.

4. The AC organizes training courses for teachers, tutors and other staff members, in order to improve their skills in different are The AC chooses the topics for this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training based on any proposed requests or identified needs, as per assessment methods. The trainers can be chosen from among the internal or external academic staff of the Institute, or among invited experts, based on the subject matter.

5. VHEI academic staff members are encouraged to join relevant training communities to enhance their professional competence and to catch up on new technolo The QAC, the Ethical Issues Committee (EIC) and other units may also recommend topics for CPD Training that would benefit the staff. These seminars will take place as needed and their effectiveness can be assessed through Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) audits, which should also highlight the need for any follow-up sessions.

6. The AC must ensure that all teachers are granted academic freedom in their roles, within the framework of educational standards and the QA policy adopted by the Institut Any teacher who believes that his academic freedom is being hindered can write to request the AC – or the Management Board (MB), if the complaint concerns the AC – to take corrective action.

7. The AA of the study program in question must receive and track the complaints submitted on academic issues and archive them in written form, personally or via the online complaint form. The EIC must manage all complaints relating to ethical issues (Annex 5 describes how such complaints must be dealt with and how any decisions taken must be implemented or possibly retrieved until they become final). The same procedures apply to both campu

8. The AC is responsible for issuing certificates to students that reflect their academic pro

The final documentation issued, following the completion of the course, will include a certificate and a diploma supplement which contains all relevant details of the program, such as the Malta qualification level (MQF), the number of ECTS credits and the learning outcomes achieved, as well as the list of study units followed by the student, as required by the regulations of the MFHEA.