4th edition of the Global Inventory covers more than 100 countries worldwide

The ETF, in cooperation with CEDEFOP and UNESCO/UIL are presenting the 4th edition of the Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks at the 7th ASEMME meeting in Bucharest, Romania

The Inventory is a compendium that gathers information on progress in establishing National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs), as well as the challenges and success factors in implementation. It shows how countries around the globe are reforming their education systems by improving the quality and relevance of their qualifications. The objective is to assist policy makers in the EU neighbouring countries and beyond to take informed decisions based on evidence.

The Inventory  consists of a thematic analysis (Volume 1) and country chapters (Volume 2) that includes snapshots of progress in qualifications reforms in more than 100 countries. The country cases look at the educational, social, economic and political context in which the National Qualifications Framework is embedded, the main policy objectives, implementation of learning outcomes, stakeholder involvement and institutional arrangements. You can consult the country chapters from previous editions online at Qualifications Platform.

Global Inventory


Main findings of the Inventory

Several global trends are changing the education and qualifications systems as we know them today: internationalisation, migration, mobility, digitalisation.

  • Digital learning is spreading all over the world, changing the relationship between formal/traditional qualifications and digital credentials.
  • The concept of the learning outcomes (skills and knowledge that learners acquire as the result of a class) is becoming a common basis for almost all national qualifications framework worldwide.
  • The spread of the NQFs has facilitated the recognition of the skills acquired in a non-formal setting.
  • Qualifications reform has also contributed to increasing the transparency of education and better access to lifelong learning.

Background info on ASEMME

Asia-Europe Ministers of Education (ASEMME) is high-level policy makers meeting that takes place every two years. The 7th ASEMME meeting “Connecting education: inclusion, mobility and excellence in support of the Sustainable Development Goals” takes place on 15-16 May 2019, in Bucharest, Romania. It is hosted by the Ministry of Education of Romania in the framework of the Presidency of Romania in the Council of the European Union. To know more about 7th ASEMME meeting, click here.

NQF supports goals of Education 2030 Agenda

Countries worldwide have developed an ambitious 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Out of 17 sustainable development goals formulated to implement the agenda, goal 4 seeks to ”ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all”.

And in this context, national qualifications systems are increasingly contributing to the implementation inclusive education with lifelong opportunities.

Additional resources:

Link to the 2017 edition – Volume 1. Thematic chapters (https://connections.etf.europa.eu/communities/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=f062de46-649f-4ccf-80a9-190ab49938fe#fullpageWidgetId=W30a9f0018b39_422a_856b_86f3232e3acd&file=0cf29aa0-cda0-4044-b092-6af5ef551c3b )

Link to the 2017 edition – Volume 2. Country chapters (https://connections.etf.europa.eu/communities/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=f062de46-649f-4ccf-80a9-190ab49938fe#fullpageWidgetId=W30a9f0018b39_422a_856b_86f3232e3acd&file=9b9b3256-e675-49aa-b51c-54f00e90b0f1

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