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Comparing Qualifications in Ireland and New Zealand: New Guide Released

A new user guide comparing qualifications frameworks, levels and the qualifications from Ireland and New Zealand has been launched.  Comparing Qualifications in Ireland and New Zealand: A Guide will help support recognition of qualifications between the two countries.


Dr Karen Poutasi, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) said,


‘The user guide explains the relationship between levels of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), as agreed between NZQA and QQI.  We have worked together to extend a previous arrangement on higher education qualifications to all levels of each framework, and to share information to promote greater understanding of qualifications and learning outcomes between Ireland and New Zealand.’


The European Qualifications Framework was central to this comparison as it is the common reference point used by both countries.


Dr Padraig Walsh, Chief Executive of QQI said,


‘The improved understanding of the two frameworks may result in better-informed decisions on the recognition of qualifications and contribute to improved student and labour mobility between Ireland and New Zealand.’


Dr Poutasi continued,


‘The project to compare the Irish NFQ and the NZQF can help to further strengthen existing relationships between Ireland, the European Union and New Zealand.’


While the outcomes of the comparative analysis process do not entitle any holder of an Irish or New Zealand qualification to claim automatic recognition, the report provides clear information to support qualifications recognition decisions.