International initiatives in the area of qualifications are a reality that cannot be neglected according to findings published this week from the Study on International Sectoral Qualifications Frameworks and Systems. The study, which ECDL Foundation contributed to, analysed the characteristics of international qualifications and potential options for linking them to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
Out of all the organisations analysed in the study, ECDL certification is mapped to the largest number of national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) in Europe and worldwide. ECDL Foundation contributed to the study by sharing experiences in interviews and through a workshop to discuss findings.
The study identified that international initiatives on qualifications exist on the international level to answer the demand for recognised qualifications for mobile individuals, with international qualifications sometimes filling the gap where qualifications don’t exist on the national level. It recommends that the feasibility of creating direct link between the EQF and international qualifications be examined in greater depth, and that the European Commission and the EQF Advisory Group provide common guidance on including international sectoral qualifications in NQFs.
More information about the study can be found on the website of the European Commission.
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