2015 edition of Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks

  • January 2016

‘This Inventory showcases eighty-six countries and investigates how learning outcomes of non-formal and informal learning are being integrated alongside formal qualifications into regional and national qualifications frameworks for lifelong learning,’ said Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.

UNESCO HQ, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) launched the 2015 edition of the Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks at the 5th Asia-Europe Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME5), which took place in Riga, Latvia, from 27 to 28 April 2015.

The Inventory comprises two volumes. Volume 1 consists of six thematic chapters highlighting issues related to the impact of national qualifications frameworks (NQFs), links between NQFs and the validation of non-formal and informal learning, and NQF links with informal sector skills development. Other issues dealt with in this volume include reforms to qualifications systems, changes in legal and institutional arrangements resulting from these reforms, and the development of world reference levels of learning outcomes. Upcoming volume 2 provides an inventory of the NQFs of eighty-six countries and seven regional qualifications frameworks. Using country case studies, the Global Inventory charts progress towards the achievement of NQF goals. It draws on extensive research in the field of qualifications, as captured in the list of countries and regions covered. The next edition is scheduled for publication in 2017.

Download Vol. 1: Thematic Chapters (PDF, English, 4.6 MB)

  • Author/Editor: UNESCO ED/PLS; UIL; ETF; Cedefop
  • Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks, Volume I: Thematic Chapters
  • UIL, 2016
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  • Available in: English