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NZQA works to ensure effective communication with key Chinese partner agencies to be able to inform and support New Zealand education providers’ engagement with China around topics ranging from qualifications recognition to joint programmes.

Ministry of Education

NZQA has worked closely with the Chinese Embassy and the Ministry of Education since 2003 when New Zealand tertiary education providers (TEOs) were first added to the Jiaoyu Shewai Jianguan Xinxiwang (JSJ) Study Abroad website. More TEOs were added in 2006, in 2014, and again in 2016.

Currently all of New Zealand’s eight universities, 15 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics and 19 Private Training Establishments are listed on the website.

The JSJ web site is maintained by the Chinese Ministry of Education.  It lists education providers outside China that have been recognised by the Chinese government as good quality education providers. This is important to New Zealand TEOs as it makes them visible to Chinese students choosing quality education providers in New Zealand.

NZQA annually monitors the non-university TEOs that are currently listed on the website to ensure that they continue to satisfy criteria for listing agreed with the education section of the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand. NZQA also uses the criteria to identify TEOs that newly meet the criteria for listing – as set out below.

To be considered for listing on the JSJ Study Abroad website, TEOs must:

  • be signatories to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students Code of Practice) 2016
  • be a Category 1 or 2 provider, with evidence of maintaining this level over time
  • offer degrees (at Level 7 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework)
  • not be a specialist English language school
  • not be only a distance education provider
  • not deliver religious programmes
  • not be subject to current statutory actions that relate to any aspect of the other listing criteria.

While the criteria are used to identify TEOs that may be considered suitable for listing on the JSJ Study Abroad website, the decision about which TEOs are listed on the website remains at the discretion of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC)

CDGDC is an administrative institution directly under the Chinese Ministry of Education, with primary responsibility for researching the comparability between Chinese and foreign education qualifications, verifying Chinese education credentials, maintaining the database for China’s academic degrees and graduate education, evaluating Chinese graduate education programmes, and quality assuring China-foreign jointly run schools and programmes.

NZQA has been working with CDGDC since November 2014 to explore the comparability of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and the Chinese qualifications system.

CDGDC has been appointed by the Chinese Ministry of Education to design a national qualifications framework for China.  NZQA met with the Open University of Guangdong in November 2016.  The Open University has been tasked by the CDGDC to research and make recommendations on the development and implementation of a qualifications framework model for the Guangdong province.

NZQA will engage with CDGDC during the development and subsequent implementation of the national qualification framework.

China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)

CEAIE is affiliated to China’s Ministry of Education to assist in running international exchange and cooperation programmes nationwide.

CEAIE has established a wide network with partner associations and institutions at home, and long-term working relationships with over 170 educational organisations in more than 50 countries and regions, including NZQA.

CEAIE processes applications for New Zealand-China joint run programmes twice each year.  CEAIE contacts NZQA during each application round to assist in verifying the legitimacy of the applications received.

For more information about CEAIE processes in approving New Zealand-China joint run programmes, please email internationalunit@nzqa.govt.nz

Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE)

CSCSE is a public institution affiliated to the Chinese Ministry of Education.  It is responsible for the recognition of foreign qualifications in China.  It provides recognition services for Chinese graduates with foreign qualifications returning to China for work or further study, and for foreign nationals wishing to work or study in China.

NZQA has a strong relationship with CSCSE which has been built on several years of dialogue and exchange in qualifications recognition and quality assurance.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Higher National Diploma (HND)

CSCSE and SQA have a formal arrangement whereby the Scottish Higher National Diploma (HND) is delivered in English in China.  The arrangement provides a pathway to degree-level study overseas for Chinese holders of the qualification, including to education providers in New Zealand.

New Zealand tertiary education organisations that develop pathway arrangements for the HND with CSCSE or assess learners that have obtained an HND qualification for entry into programmes in New Zealand are required to ensure they comply with the regulatory requirements for the enrolment of international students.

NZQA has previously assessed completed HND qualifications as comparable with the learning outcomes of Levels 5 and 6 of the NZQF.  The assessed level of comparability is dependent on the specific HND programme and a case-by-case assessment of the individual holder’s qualification.

NZQA has completed a report outlining the SQA HND delivery in China which outlines all the requirements and outcomes.  A copy of the report can be obtained by emailing internationalunit@nzqa.govt.nz.

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