Comparing Qualifications in Ireland and New Zealand: A Guide released

06 Nov 2019

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A new user guide comparing qualifications frameworks, levels, and the qualifications from Ireland and New Zealand has been launched. The user guide will help support recognition of qualifications between the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand.

The Chief Executives for Quality and Qualifications Ireland (Dr Padraig Walsh) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (Dr Karen Poutasi) announced the release of the new user guide, titled ‘Comparing Qualifications in Ireland and New Zealand: A Guide’, this week.

“The user guide explains the relationship between levels of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), as agreed between NZQA and QQI” says Dr Poutasi.

“We have worked together to extend a previous arrangement on higher education qualifications to all levels of each framework, and to share information to promote greater understanding of qualifications and learning outcomes between the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand.”

The European Qualifications Framework was central to this comparison as the EQF is the common reference point used by both countries.

Dr Walsh says that the improved understanding of the two frameworks may result in better informed decisions on the recognition of qualifications, and contribute to improved student and labour mobility between the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand.

“The project to compare the Irish NFQ and the NZQF can help to further strengthen existing relationships between the Republic of Ireland, the European Union and New Zealand,” Dr Poutasi says.

This work aligns with the New Zealand Government’s vision of developing and sustaining mutually beneficial education relationships with key partner countries.

While the outcomes of the comparative analysis process do not entitle any holder of an Irish or New Zealand qualification to claim automatic recognition, the report provides clear information to support qualifications recognition decisions.

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