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International Agreements

Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) 

In 2016 the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) signed a Memorandum of Arrangement for cooperation in the field of quality assurance. The two agencies are responsible for quality assurance in higher and vocational education and training in their respective countries. Under the terms of the arrangement, the agencies will cooperate in areas such as information exchange, staff development, exchange of experts and joint research. 


Quality Assurance Association - United Kingdom
QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) and the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) in the UK have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding and an Information Sharing Agreement.

This means we work together to share information and promote understanding of the quality and reputation of higher education in Ireland and the UK.


Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the HKCAAVQ (Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications).

Under the agreement the agencies agree to cooperate by exchanging information, recognising each other's decisions and cooperating with each other in quality assurance activities where feasible.


Hong Kong Education Bureau
The Education Bureau (EDB) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2016 for the purpose of strengthening collaboration in the development of their qualifications framework, promoting mutual recognition of qualifications and facilitating the mobility of learners and employees between Hong Kong and Ireland.

Guide to Comparing Qualifications in Ireland and Hong Kong


Council for Higher Education Accreditation/International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG)
QQI has signed a Memorandum of Affiliation with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation/International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG).

The CHEA/CIQG Memorandum of Affiliation is designed to engage quality assurance and accrediting organisations, higher education providers, organisations and governments in a shared effort to affirm and promote fundamental principles for higher education quality. To view the list of agencies that have signed the MOA please click here.

Cross Border Quality Assurance Network (CBQAN) - China
The CBQAN is a new cross-border QA network for in higher education in Asia and Europe. The network, established in 2015, has 15 founder members from 12 countries, including Ireland. QQI joined the network as part of its efforts to quality assure Irish higher education being delivered in Asia.

The inaugural forum of the new cross-border QA network for China (CBQAN) took place in Haikou, China on 20-21 December, 2016. The forum, hosted by the China academic degrees and graduate education development center (CDGDC), was attended by 15 international quality assurance and recognition agencies and over 200 Chinese universities active in cross-border education.  

The network aims to build a communication and cooperation platform for stakeholders of cross-border higher education quality assurances in Asia and Europe, in the following areas.  A new website for the network is under development and a link will be published here once available. 

The China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
QQI and CEAIE (the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), People's Republic of China) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 29 May 2017.  CEAIE Secretary General Huang and QQI Chief Executive Padraig Walsh signed the MOU, setting out plans for future cooperation between the two organisations. 

CEAIE is China's nationwide not-for-profit organisation conducting international educational exchanges. It works with educational and research institutions, academic bodies, exchange organisations, schools, as well as organisations, enterprises, foundations and individuals in other countries and regions who are engaged in the promotion of educational development and quality assurance on the basis of equality and friendship.

Click here to view a copy of the MOU.


Bilateral Agreements


As part of Ireland's policy of increasing citizen mobility, a number of international agreements are in place which support the recognition of qualifications between countries.

For instance, there are a number of bilateral agreements between Ireland and countries such as the UK, Australia and China.  Details of these can be found at QSearch under the Recognition tab.