The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) have completed a joint project and published The Comparability of Qualifications in New Zealand and Malaysia: A Comparative Analysis of Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Degrees (PDF, 4.7MB) in 2016.

The publication presents information on the comparability of New Zealand and Malaysia’s Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees, for the purpose of increasing the portability and recognition of qualifications between the two countries.

Relationship between NZQA and MQA

NZQA has supported MQA on the development of their quality assurance system and national qualifications framework. This builds on the longstanding education relationship between New Zealand and Malaysia, which dates back to the Colombo Plan scholarships of the 1950s and 1960s.

In April 2011, NZQA and MQA signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC), which established a mechanism for the recognition of qualifications between Malaysia and New Zealand.

The Chief Executives of NZQA and MQA signed joint statements on the comparability of Bachelor’s Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in New Zealand and Malaysia. Please see:

Why we've compared our qualifications frameworks

The publication showcases the projects that NZQA and MQA carried out from 2011-2015, as part of their obligations under the New Zealand - Malaysia Free Trade Agreement (NZMFTA).

The comparability projects completed by NZQA and MQA support:

  • employers, educational institutions, government agencies and other stakeholders to make judgements about the value and comparability of particular qualifications in practice
  • the recognition of New Zealand Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees for employment purposes in the Malaysian public service (see below).

These benefits increase New Zealand’s attractiveness as a study destination by reducing the barriers to employment for students returning to Malaysia after graduating, and support the flow of skilled professionals between New Zealand and Malaysia.

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:

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