The Secretary for Education announced, at an international conference organized by the Education Bureau and supported by the European Commission on 26 November 2014, the commencement of the technical alignment project of the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) and the European Qualifications framework (EQF) (the Project). The objective of the Project is to provide a translation device to understand the corresponding levels of qualifications between HKQF and EQF, thereby promoting better understanding of the qualifications offered under HKQF and by European countries and facilitating mobility of learners and labour between Hong Kong and European countries, even though the Project does not lead to automatic mutual recognition of qualifications between Hong Kong and European countries.
The Hong Kong Shue Yan University had been appointed as the consultant for the Project (Project Consultant), and would be responsible for conducting the technical alignment in accordance with the criteria as agreed with the European Commission.
During discussion, we knew that was not mutual recognition agreement but comparison on different national or regional frameworks to EQF. We could say it was equivalent or in principle same between two framework systems. The general comparison between HKQF and EQF showed in the following table.
HKSQ will support the exercise and design our own program for HKQF in near future. We hope it could bring local professional body’s course through HKQF to align with international Qualifications Framework.
HKSQ – www.hksq.org
HKQF – http://hkqf.gov.hk/guie/home.asp
EQF – http://www.accreditedqualifications.org.uk/european-qualifications-framework-eqf.html
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