A national qualifications framework (NQF) is an instrument used to classify a country’s qualifications at different levels. Each level is defined by a set of learning outcomes expected at that level. NQFs can be useful tools in education and training reforms and are vital reference points for lifelong learning and comparing qualifications across borders.
The Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications frameworks 2017, Volume II: National and regional cases gives an update on the national and regional qualification frameworks of 99 countries around the world. For each country, the NQF has been analysed based on the policy objectives, the levels and use of learning outcomes, stakeholder involvement and institutional arrangements, the recognition of non-formal and informal learning as well as whether references are made to existing regional frameworks. In addition, this volume also outlines existing regional frameworks in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Gulf region, the Pacific, Southern Africa and the Commonwealth States.
This third edition (the first two editions appeared in 2013 and 2015) of the Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks is published at a time when the attention being paid to qualifications frameworks is rising, as evidenced by the UN’s Education 2030 Framework for Action and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls on countries to promote inclusive and equitable education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. Outcomes-based qualifications frameworks can contribute directly to achieving this goal.
The Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks 2017, Volume II is the result of collaborative work developed by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), the European Training Foundation (ETF), UNESCO and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).
- Author/Editor: European Centre for Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); European Training Foundation (ETF); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)
- The Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks 2017, Volume II: National and regional cases
- The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), 2018
- ISBN 978-92-896-2485-5
- Available in: English