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1 EQF AG sub-group on International Sectoral Qualifications (ISQ) Update since EQF AG October meeting 2014 Presentation by the Chair of the sub-group, Mr Wilfried Boomgaert EQF AG meeting, 3 December 2014 1

2 Meetings in 2014 After the EQF AG meeting of October, only one of the two planned meetings took place: the meeting of 1st December was cancelled due to regional Railway strikes ; next meeting on 14th January 2015 This update concerns the meeting of 5 th November 2014 The sub-group welcomed the support proposed by the European Commission for organising two mappings: -the second round of the mapping of national procedures (existing or in the making) for aligning ISQ to NQFs ; the first round took place in Summer 2013 -the mapping of concrete work already done by professional sectors for aligning their international sectoral qualifications to EQF levels 2

3 Common definition of ISQ During the November meeting, the sub-group made a minor change in the common definition: An “International Sectoral Qualification” is a certificate, diploma, degree or title awarded by a competent body in more than one country and recognised in more than one country for achieved learning outcomes of relevance to a sector of economic activity. Next to that, the sub-group is currently looking for other examples of international qualifications not linked to economic sectors (for example the International Baccalaureate) and consequently not falling under this definition. 3

4 Questionnaire for mapping national procedures On 24 th November the sub-group delivered to the Commission the questionnaire for the second round of mapping. Characteristics: -Will be used by the Contractor -Is about national procedures already in place or in the making -The common definition is mentioned (for testing usefulness) -Limited number of questions -Questions are going into detail only when a national procedure is in place or in case that ISQ are aligned to NQF -Focus on crucial issues within the national procedure like: learning outcomes approach, quality assurance, credits … 4

5 Example: question 5 5. Are there “international sectoral qualifications” already included/ considered to be included in the NQF of your country (or region) by national (or regional) authorities? 5a. If yes, which ones? Who awards these qualifications? 5b. Please indicate for each ISQ the NQF level assigned to it 5c. Please indicate how the ISQ is considered in the NQF: -as a free-standing qualification -as an additional qualifications to a national qualification -as a part of a national qualification -as a part of another “international sectoral qualification”. 5d. Please attach additional relevant documentation (or web links) on the “international sector qualifications” that are already aligned to your NQF. If you have information about the learning outcomes description and quality assurance of these qualifications, please provide these as well. 5

6 International Conference in Riga, 14 /11 / 14 This Conference was organised by Baiba Ramina (AIC, Latvia) Title: “Opening up the NQFs for International Qualifications” Presentation of the interim-results of the sub-group on ISQ by the Chair (almost identical to presentation given for EQF AG) Agenda and documents can be find on the following website: http://www.nki-latvija.lv/en/pasakumu-materiali/opening-up- the-national-qualification-frameworks-for-international- qualifications 6


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