Qualification frameworks: building international bridges

Monday 01 June 2015 -
15:15 to 16:30
Session 3.9. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

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? 

Nourah Al Matrooshi
Director, Quality National Qualifications Authority, UAE

Nourah Al Matrooshi is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the qualifications framework for the UAE, facilitating mutual recognition agreements with different countries, and monitoring international trends in qualifications and frameworks for the benefit of the UAE. She has previously held academic positions, including eight years at the Higher College of Technology, UAE. Session 3.9

Nourah Al Matrooshi

Dr Cloud Bai-Yun
Chief Executive, UK NARIC, UK

Dr Bai-Yun is the Chief Executive of UK NARIC, an internationally recognised information service provider. The UK leads the world in its recognition and understanding of international qualifications. This is due, in no small part, to the work of UK NARIC advising businesses, education institutions worldwide including all British universities. Session 3.9 


Professor Dr Youhansen Y Eid
President, National Authority Quality Assurance Accreditation of Education, Egypt

Dr. Eid received her M. Arch. (1986), and Ph.D. in Urban Planning from USC (1992).  She worked as professor of Planning and held the positions of department chair and Vice-Dean. Currently she is the head of NAQAAE. Her research interests include urban form, strategic planning, sustainability and educational reform. Session 3.9



Cameron Mirza
Head of Projects and Strategy, Higher Education Council, Bahrain

In 2014 Cameron co-authored the national higher education strategy for Bahrain. Currently leading the drive to give students the skills, attributes and qualifications that are needed to create the SMART economy of the 21st Century in the MENA region, in additional to creating an ecosystem which supports research and innovation. Session 3.9