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1 Developing a National Qualifications Framework in Austria

2 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank1 The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) 2006 –Governments decision to implement an NQF in Austria –Working groups were set up to prepare an NQF 2007 –National steering group was established –First fact-finding phase –Information and public awareness work –Analysis by ordering diverse studies –Preparing a consultation paper

3 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank2 The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) 2008 –Public consultation process until 11/2008, all stakeholders have been involved –Commentaries evaluation by experts: The report identified a number of open questions and challenges for the further NQF development. –Report to the national steering group which presented the conclusions and recommendations end 2008

4 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank3 The National Qualifications Framework 2009 Preparation of a policy paper of the both ministries involved to devise the strategy for the Austrian NQF implementation in October 2009.

5 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank4 The National Qualifications Framework until end Decision about a general framework -Classification of all formal qualifications to the NQF -First steps to present informal and non formal qualifications -Establishing a national contact point

6 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank5 NQF presentation Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Higher educationVocational education EQF 1 EQF 2 EQF 3 EQF 4 EQF 5 EQF 6 EQF 7 EQF 8 EQF 1 EQF 2 EQF 3 EQF 4 EQF 5 EQF 6 EQF 7 EQF 8

7 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank6 Organisation National steering group –Representatives of all ministries and social partners and the Länder –Defines general framework and guidelines –A subgroup of the national steering group is established

8 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank7 Organisation Advisory board in the BMWF –Representatives of the tertiary education sector –Exchange of information –Defining general strategy to follow

9 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank8 Aims of the NQF (1) -Easier transparent allocation to the EQF levels -Instrument to support the qualifications system -Sustainable enhancement through learning outputs on national level -Neutral benchmark, who makes transparency and comparability of qualifications possible, which were gained in different systems and at different levels

10 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank9 Aims of the NQF (2) -Strong position for Austrian qualifications through the NQF and EQF in the national and European labour market -Exploratory function for better qualifications comparability -Qualifications are allocated not competences or persons

11 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank10 Aims of the NQF (3) -Neither NQF nor EQF are models to present individual competence profiles -Implementation in cooperation with all stakeholders on basis of a broad consensus

12 April 16, 2010BMWF - Florian Pecenka/Elisabeth Frank11 Thank you for your attention! For more information: Mag. Elisabeth Frank Federal Ministry of Science and Research General Directorate I phone Mag. Florian Pecenka M.A.S. Federal Ministry of Science and Research Section I/6c EU-Rechtsangelegenheiten phone


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