How United Arab Emirates and NZ qualifications frameworks compare

Find out how New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates have compared qualifications frameworks.

How the comparison works

NZQA and United Arab Emirates National Qualification Authority have completed an initial mapping exercise to compare the number of levels, level descriptors, domains and learning outcomes at each level on both countries' qualifications frameworks.

The comparisons of the level descriptors and learning outcomes do not infer any statement about the comparability of individual qualifications on the two frameworks or the quality assurance systems that underpin them. These results have not been endorsed by stakeholders or international experts and cannot be used for qualification recognition purposes.

Comparison of framework levels

United Arab Emirates qualifications framework (NQF) level Equivalent New Zealand qualifications framework (NZQF) level
10 10
9 9
8 8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1

Next steps

We will need to undertake further analysis to understand the similarities and differences at each level, along with a comparison of examples of qualifications at each level.

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