UIL’s contribution to the Global Inventory of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs)

  • February 2014

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) contributes to the Global Inventory of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) which is prepared by two EU agencies, the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), and two UNESCO units,  UNESCO’s section for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-TVET), and UIL.

It has been produced at the request of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of Ministers for Education as a contribution to the Fourth ASEM Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMME4) on “Strategising ASEM Education Collaboration” held in Kuala Lumpur on 12─14 May 2013.

UIL has initially contributed to the Global Inventory with the following country cases.


  1. Botswana
  2. Ethiopia
  3. Gambia
  4. Ghana
  5. Kenya
  6. Mauritius
  7. Namibia
  8. Rwanda
  9. Seychelles
  10. South Africa
  11. Tanzania
  12. Uganda

Asia and the Pacific

  1. Australia
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Bhutan
  5. Cambodia
  6. Hong Kong SAR China

  7. India
  8. Indonesia
  9. Republic of Korea
  10. Malaysia
  11. Maldives
  12. New Zealand
  13. Nepal
  14. Pakistan
  15. Philippines
  16. Singapore
  17. Sri Lanka
  18. Thailand
  19. Viet Nam

Latin America and the Caribbean

  1. Mexico
  2. Trinidad and Tobago

The country cases were prepared using secondary literature and data retrieved from government and donor websites. UIL identified institutions and experts in the selected countries that were asked to review, update and validate the information prepared by UIL. The analysis of the country information was based on a common structure agreed by UIL, UNESCO-TVET, ETF and Cedefop.
These cases show that national qualification frameworks have been developed and implemented or are in the process of being developed in a number of countries, in response to the growing need to recognise all qualifications achieved through formal, non-formal and informal learning.

  • Author/Editor: UIL
  • Global Inventory of National Qualifications Framework: Country Case Studies Compiled by UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • UIL, 2014
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  • Available in: English