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ERIC Number: ED560846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Global National Qualifications Framework Inventory
Bjornavold, Jens; Pevec-Grm, Slava; Graham, Michael; Deij, Arjen; Singh, Madhu; Charkoun, Borhène; Agrawal, Shivani
Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
This publication is a global, country-by-country, inventory of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs). It is a copublication, prepared by two EU agencies, the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); and UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the Section for TVET at UNESCO headquarters. It has been produced at the request of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Ministers of Education as a contribution to the fourth ASEM Ministers' conference in Kuala Lumpur in May 2013, also called ASEMME 4. Qualifications frameworks was one of the key items on the ASEMME 4 programme in Kuala Lumpur, reflecting the priority the participating countries attach to Qualification Frameworks (QFs) and the increasing prominence QFs occupy on the wider international policy agenda. Beyond the immediate goal of supporting the conference, this survey is also intended to capture the latest trends and developments in the field of QFs worldwide. Each of the four contributing institutions is engaged in the study of qualifications frameworks and in supporting countries in developing NQFs. Collectively, the four bodies cover the great majority of countries where NQFs are emerging and possess a wealth of experience and expertise in this field. This overview is descriptive and analytical rather than conclusive in its treatment of qualifications frameworks as reform tools. The inventory comprises two parts: six thematic chapters which analyse the aims, characteristics and uses of QFs; and country chapters. The country chapters will be updated by the ETF, Cedefop and UIL and the Section for TVET at UNESCO Headquarters as new developments in the field occur. Individual chapters contain references. [This paper was prepared for the ASEM Education Ministers Conference (Kuala Lumpur, May 13-14, 2013) (ASEMME 4).]
Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. P.O. Box 22427, Finikas, Thessaloniki, GR-55102. Tel: 30-2310-490111; Fax: 30-2310-490049; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training; European Training Foundation (ETF) (Italy); UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) (Germany); United Nations Educational Science, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Div. of Educational Policy and Planning.