Quality assurance in a borderless world

The Quality assurance in a borderless world work stream is focused on ensuring that qualifications and learning gained in New Zealand are recognised both nationally and internationally as relevant, useful, and of high quality. NZQA provides this confidence through its quality assurance activities of qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) (PDF, 606KB).

There are two main strands of work.

Ensuring New Zealand qualifications continue to be trusted

The first strand is focused on strengthening the evaluative quality assurance framework to ensure it meets current and future needs by:

  • improving the focus on educational achievement in External Evaluation and Review, particularly for Māori and Pasifika
  • using data to better identify where tertiary education organisations might pose a risk of poor educational quality
  • refining our quality assurance activities to better meet client needs while balancing flexibility with rigour.

Ensuring New Zealand qualifications are recognised in a borderless, digital world

The second strand is focused on ensuring the NZQF is recognised globally, which encourages the transfer of learning both nationally and internationally by ensuring all qualifications listed on the NZQF reflect future learning needs and those of the global economy by:

  • piloting the endorsement of micro-credentials
  • ensuring all qualifications listed on the NZQF are relevant and fit for purpose
  • maintaining an authoritative, accessible, single register of all qualifications, programmes, training schemes and components – see Sector Qualifications Register
  • encouraging greater transfer of prior learning and minimal duplication of learning
  • recording all of an individual’s quality assured learning on their New Zealand Record of Achievement - see NZRoA.

What has been achieved?

Evaluative quality assurance framework

Revised and simplified guidelines embedding evaluative approaches to quality assurance activities are being developed and will be available by the end of 2016.

NZQA is incorporating stronger educational achievement measures as a part of External Evaluation and Review. This will ensure that tertiary education organisations are confidently and comprehensively using evidence to demonstrate the quality of their education performance.

Recognition arrangements

NZQA aims to have established recognition arrangements with 50 countries by 2020. This is well underway with:

  • the referencing of the NZQF and the Australian Qualifications Framework (completed in late 2015)
  • the recognition of New Zealand Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Malaysia
  • agreeing a joint report for the European Commission to consider the relationship between the levels of the NZQF and the European Qualifications Framework.

Work is also underway with China, Hong Kong and Indonesia, to compare national qualification frameworks or specific qualifications, and the scoping of new opportunities for qualifications recognition projects with jurisdictions in North and South America has been initiated.

Credit Recognition and Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (CRT/RPL)

Learners want to have all their learning recognised. NZQA is exploring greater use of credit recognition and transfer and recognition of prior learning.

For more information see the Country-specific qualification recognition arrangements or email future.state@nzqa.govt.nz.

Page last updated 3 August 2017

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