Hong Kong

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has been working with the Hong Kong Education Bureau to compare the levels of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) using a highly-regarded methodology called “referencing”, which facilitates the international recognition of the qualifications listed on the frameworks.

The project was completed as part of the Education Cooperation Agreement, under the New Zealand – Hong Kong, China Closer Economic Partnership (CEP), which encourages exchanges between New Zealand and Hong Kong to develop greater understanding of, and confidence in, each other’s quality assurance and qualifications recognition processes.

NZQA and HKQF Joint report coverThe report finds that while there are conceptual and functional differences between the frameworks due to their contexts and founding intent, analysis shows they can be considered comparable.

The New Zealand Secretary for Education Iona Holsted said the findings were good news for students in both locations.

“Improving the understanding of each other’s qualifications will support the movement of students, qualification holders and skilled workers between the two economies.

“As the report notes, it will also enhance opportunities for future cooperation between Hong Kong and New Zealand, which have a strong bilateral relationship and cooperate on a number of fronts.”

Note on methodology

The NZQF-HKQF comparison report is structured according to six principles adapted from the Criteria and Procedures for referencing European Union national qualifications framework levels to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

These principles were selected because the EQF referencing process provides a well-tested, credible and rigorous approach to comparing qualifications frameworks that is recognised internationally and is considered good practice.

The EU referencing methodology includes not only a technical comparison of the structure of the two frameworks under review, their outcome descriptors at each level and the qualifications that populate them, but also a detailed consideration of the underpinning governance structures and quality assurance arrangements of each framework.

The comparison of the NZQF and HKQF showed clear links between the different levels in the two frameworks, with the exception of NZQF Level 8, for which no clear Hong Kong equivalent exists. Comparing Level 8 will be revisited once NZQA has completed its review of the NZQF in 2020.

More about the NZQF, the HKQF and the NZ-HK CEP

For more information, see:
New Zealand-Hong Kong, China Closer Economic Partnership,
New Zealand Qualifications Framework,
Hong Kong Qualifications Framework,
NZQA-EDB Cooperation Arrangement (PDF, 156KB),
Read the full report (PDF, 1.6MB).

Contact us

For more information, or to give us feedback, please email internationalunit@nzqa.govt.nz.

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