Establishing a Qualifications Framework in Turkey


The Turkish Qualifications Framework (TQF) is currently being developed as a major initiative of the European Union Project “Strengthening Vocational Qualifications Authority and National Qualifications System in Turkey” (UYEP). The TQF offers a holistic lifelong learning approach with links among all qualifications achieved through formal, non-formal and informal learning.  An important hallmark of the development of the TQFs is the partnership between the Vocational Qualifications Authority and the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the Council for Higher Education.

An International Conference on Turkish Qualifications Framework held in Istanbul on 16 and 17 April 2013, and attended by 215 participants included international participants from some 10 countries. During a panel discussion, participants from Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom shared a variety of approaches used for implementing NQFs in their respective countries. Presenting the worldwide perspective, Madhu Singh, Senior Programme Specialist at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, highlighted how NQFs support lifelong learning in different national and regional contexts, particularly those contexts and countries not covered by the EU and the ETF partner countries. Turkish authorities expressed a strong interest to conduct collaborative research on recognition practices linked to NQFs.

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