International experience on the development of European and National Qualification Frameworks

On 21 October 2010 in Budapest, Tempus Public Foundation with support of Ministry of National Resources and the European Commission has organized an international conference to share the development experience on how the various National Qualifications Frameworks were elaborated so far to correspond to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) with the aim to make the national qualification systems interchangeable and to offer more transparency for learners both on national and international levels.

Presentation topics:

  • Mr. Mike COLES (International Expert; UK): The EQF in EU Education Policy and the added value of National Qualifications Frameworks
  • Mr. Eduard STAUDECKER (Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture; AT): National Qualifications Framework in Austria – Design, Processes & Stakeholder involvement
  • Prof. Mile DZELALIJA (Leader of CROQF Expert Team; HR): Development and implementation of the CROatian Qualifications Framework
  • Dr. Anna MURPHY (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland; IE): The development and implementation of the Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications
  • Prof. Riitta PYYKKÖ (Chair of the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council; FI): Development of the Finnish National Qualifications Framework
  • Mr. József TEMESI (Project Leader; HU): Designing and implementing a national qualifications framework: the Hungarian case

Naturally, next to the presentations, all the participants had opportunity to raise questions and share comments – moderated by Ms. Judit VISI, Ms. Éva TÓT and Mr. András DERÉNYI.

Further information and useful links:

PIN project to be presented at the 3rd CEDEFOP Workshop on Testing of the European Qualifications Framework EQF

It is an honour to announce that PIN project partners have been invited to present the ProInterNet network as well as previous projects at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) in Thessaloniki on 15th and 16th December. During the workshop multiple European organisations and individuals will be presenting projects from various sectors in which job qualification profiles have been linked to the existing frameworks of eCF and EQF. The coordinating partner of the ProInterNet network project will not only present the current network project but also EQF Code, a LdV innovation transfer project finalised with great success by some partners of the PIN consortium this summer, and EQF iServe, another LdV project of the consortium which has just started.

New EU plans for employment and lifelong learning

On 27 October 2010, the European Commission released a Communication entitled « Towards a Single Market Act ». Its overall objective is to propose 50 measures to improve our work, business and exchanges with one another. Three proposals are more specifically related to access to employment and lifelong learning (see pp.24-25 of the document):

Proposal No 33: In 2012 the Commission will propose a legislative initiative to reform the systems for the recognition of professional qualifications, on an evaluation of the acquis in 2011, in order to facilitate the mobility workers and adapt training to current labour market requirements. As this proposal, the possibility of a professional card will be evaluated.

Proposal No 34: The Commission will develop, in cooperation with the Member States, a ‘Youth on the Move card’ helping all young people to move to another Member State to study. It will expand its ‘Youth on the Move’ Internet site by providing information on distance learning and opportunities to study and train in Europe.

Proposal No 35: The Commission will implement the European qualifications framework in partnership with the Member States. It will propose a Council Recommendation to promote and validate training outside
the classroom (non-formal and informal learning). It will also propose the creation of a ‘European Skills Passport’ enabling individuals to record the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their lives. It will establish a bridge between the European Qualifications Framework and the nomenclature of occupations in Europe.