1st Peer Learning Webinar on Recognition of qualifications


African Qualifications Verification Network (AQVN)
2021 webinar series

About the AQVN

The African Qualification Verification Network (AQVN) was formed in 2016 in response to the challenges faced by many African government entities in respect to the verification of foreign qualifications. Facilitated by the South African Qualifications Authority, the formation of the AQVN was the outcome of a declaration by key stakeholders in qualifications management in Africa to “ Build Trust and Promote Genuine Qualifications in Africa through Effective Verification”.
The main function of AQVN is to develop trustworthy and legitimate institutional linkages and networks across the African continent in order to verify qualifications and access learner records seamlessly.
AQVN has a longstanding cooperation with Southern African Development Community (SADC) and many other qualifications  and quality assurance institutions on the continent.

AQVN and the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF) project have a shared interest to advance efficient and credible recognition of qualifications, as this contributes to better learner and worker mobility and lifelong learning, and the wider agenda of integration. This series of experience-sharing webinars is the first step of AQVN-ACQF cooperation and holds promise.

As stated in the AQVN constitution, the primary objectives of the network are to:

  • Bring together key stakeholders who share a common interest in qualifications verification;
  • Encourage the professional development of members who are involved in qualifications verification and where possible, create opportunities for professional development;
  • Establish and share good practice through collaboration and innovation;
  • Promote effective communication and cooperation and common platform between the Network members;
  • Advocate to broaden support for the network from a range of stakeholders including African Ministries, organisations and donor agencies; and
  • Expand the AQVN to include all African countries and in alignment with the principles of the Addis Convention, explore ways to collaborate with other relevant Networks in the continent and globally.

Webinars 2021: Recognition and verification of qualifications – lessons from practice in the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. Experiences from Africa and Europe. Experience-sharing: challenges, innovative solutions, tools, way forward.

In accordance with its constitution, AQVN organises a series of webinars for AQVN members and other interested entities focusing on the challenges, solutions and good practices emerging from the first year of the global pandemic. This experience-sharing activity contributes to the wider agenda of transparency and comparability of qualifications, indispensable for better progression, recognition, and mobility of learners. The series of five webinars will take place in the period July 2021 to November 2021.

The socio-economic and cultural effects of the pandemic on the African continent is concerning. Mobility of people has been drastically affected as also the functioning of schools and other education institutions. The pandemic is also impacting entities responsible for recognition and verification of qualifications.  


Date of Webinar

Presenting countries and organisations

Registration link

1st webinar

July 27


10.00-11.30 GMT


Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC)

Mr. Maxwell Amoako Kissi


South Africa

South Africa Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
M. Wellington Radu and Ms. Kim Snyders


European Commission, DG Education: European education area and automatic mutual recognition of qualifications.

Mr Youri Devuyst


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Meeting ID: 927 6648 5986

Password: 193249 

2nd webinar

Aug 24


10.00-11.30 GMT





Sweden - Swedish Council for Higher Education. Mr. Shawn Mendes

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Meeting ID: 912 0131 5385

Password: 470566

























Sept 28


10.00-11.30 GMT





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Meeting ID: 940 2508 8338

Password: 354061

Oct 26


10.00-11.30 GMT

Nigeria, Zambia


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Meeting ID: 963 4040 6683

Password:  250722

Nov 23


10.00-11.30 GMT




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Meeting ID: 982 0961 1141

Password: 906341




More information

Agenda - AQVN Webinars - July-August 2021
Session 1 - Ghana AQVN - 27.07.21
Session 2 - SAQA - Embracing Change: Recognising Foreign Qualifications in the Context of COVID-19
Session 3 - The European Education Area & the automatic mutual recognition of education qualifications