In the context of global growth and competition, nations are eager to develop workforces that are both skilled and mobile. National qualifications frameworks (NQFs) are an important tool in doing this. They harmonise qualifications, set out comprehensive and clear progression ladders and communicate these to students, institutions and businesses. As governments around the world increasingly recognise this, they continue to invest in building NQFs which integrate academic and skills qualifications. The evidence suggests that implementing such frameworks is technically, institutionally and financially challenging. The investment being made by countries raises the question of whether the return on investment would be greater if national frameworks could also be tools for international collaboration on qualifications.
In this session the panel of international speakers share their experience and explore the following questions:
- In what ways could national frameworks be a tool for cross-border co-operation?
- How could we grow national qualification frameworks into international frameworks? What would the challenges be and how could these be addressed?
- Would it be worth the investment? What would the ‘added value’ be to countries?