Hong Kong

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Hong Kong Education Bureau have completed a joint project to compare the levels of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) in 2018.

They have published the Referencing Report of the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (PDF, 1.6MB).

NZQA and HKQF Joint report cover

The 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.”

Matching the levels of the HKQF and the NZQF

A key outcome of the joint project was to match the levels of the NZQF and HKQF.

nzqf hkqf comparison 

This diagram shows a summary of how the levels of the NZQF and HKQF match to each other, 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.

Why we've compared our qualifications 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.

This report raises the profile of NZQF qualifications in Hong Kong and makes it easier to compare them to Hong Kong qualifications. This will support transparent and consistent recognition decisions by education providers and employers in New Zealand and Hong Kong. Ultimately this will make it easier for people who hold New Zealand qualifications and people who hold qualifications from Hong Kong to have their qualifications recognised for working and studying in each other’s countries.

While the outcomes of the comparability process do not entitle any holder of a Hong Kong or New Zealand qualification to claim automatic recognition of their qualifications, the report provides clear information to support qualifications recognition decisions.

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),
(PDF, 1.6MB)

Contact us

If you wish to have your qualifications assessed by NZQA, please see NZQA's Recognition of Overseas Qualifications page.

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

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