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Formal Agreements

​Memorandums of Understanding


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 also 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.


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 full list of agencies that have signed the MOA please click here.


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.