Pacific Capacity Building Workshop on Implementing National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) at Programme Level: The use of learning outcomes matched against level descriptors of NQFs, 20-24 March 2017, Apia, Samoa
The Asia-Pacific region is rapidly undergoing economic, technological, social and cultural changes and becoming increasingly interconnected. However, these gains are not evenly distributed. Small island developing states in the Pacific face significant challenges to promoting sustainable economic growth underpinned by inclusive and quality lifelong learning systems.
Capacity building to develop quality assurance (QA) systems that support the use of learning outcomes at programme level is needed to improve the quality and relevance of lifelong learning systems, including TVET and higher education. To address this need, QA experts from 14 countries in Pacific will meet in Apia, Samoa from 20-24 March 2017 to map their education and training pathways. This first consultation is part of a new two-year initiative on “Pathways to Empowerment – Building Capacity for Quality Higher Education and TVET in Pacific Island Countries” with generous support from the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust.
During a consultation meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu (October 2015), the Pacific Heads of Education Systems confirmed that the poor quality of learning environments in TVET institutions in the Pacific focused on employability, often at the expense of transversal skills, including problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, communication skills and conflict resolution, which can be used across a range of occupational fields. Delegates underlined the need to explore a new approach to “skills development” that promotes sustainable livelihoods and lifelong learning in the Pacific context.
Both TVET and higher education are covered in Pacific countries’ development of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) as well as the Regional Qualifications Framework. However, qualifications frameworks are relatively new to the Pacific and most are at the initial stages of development and consolidation.
To support capacity building, the Asia-Pacific region offers rich professional experience with how to effectively apply and monitor NQFs at national, institutional and programme levels. Collaboration between UNESCO and quality assurance agencies in Malaysia and the wider region can support the use of learning outcomes and quality assurance systems in the Pacific Community (e.g. how to apply NQF at national, institutional and programme levels so that learning outcomes are quality assured).
The meeting will be jointly organized by UNESCO and the Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA) with support from the Malaysia Funds-In-Trust and Republic of Korea Funds-In-Trust. The aim of the capacity building workshop is:
- Support capacity building for quality assurance of lifelong learning systems in Pacific Small Island Developing States;
- Train a pool of experts on quality audits in tertiary education, including TVET and higher education;
- Build capacity to promote and effectively monitor quality lifelong learning based on NQF throughout the Pacific Community.
As a result of this intensive workshop, expected outputs include:
Increased staff capacity in the Pacific Community to guide NQF implementation across TVET and higher education (e.g. developing learning outcomes that are quality assured);
Review draft regional quality standards for tertiary education programmes and institutions, including the Revised Pacific Framework for TVET (e.g. develop research framework to map skills development pathways and recognition roadblocks);
Build a pool of regional experts on quality assurance audits in tertiary education, including TVET and higher education.
Workshop participants are experts from 14 accreditation agencies in the Pacific Community. In addition, UNESCO National Commissions will be invited to nominate an additional representative to join the training, pending available funding from donors. Resource specialists from the Pacific and researchers from Malaysia will also join to support an interactive training.
Organisers and Donors
The meeting will be jointly organized by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok Thailand and UNESCO Office in Apia and SQA with support from the Malaysia Funds-In-Trust and Republic of Korea Funds-In-Trust.
Dates | Venue
20-24 March 2017 | Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia, Samoa
Dr. Libing Wang, Chief, Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD), UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, 920 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110, Thailand; tel: +66 2 391 0577 ext. 212; fax: +66 2 391 0866 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Wesley Teter, Senior Consultant, EISD, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building, 920 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand, tel.: +66 23 91 05 77 Ext 371 - email@example.com
- Concept Note [.pdf, 410kb]
- Programme [.pdf, 546kb]
Introducing the Project “Pathways to Empowerment”:
◊ National Qualifications Framework: What it is and how it works (Muhammad Muammar Gadaffi Omar, Director, Policy and Strategic Planning Division, Malaysian Qualifications Agency) - pdf, 2mb
Update on PQF, PRQS and NQFs Implementation: Status Reports
⇒ Samoa: Samoa Progress to Date - pdf, 1.8mb
⇒ Solomon Islands: Solomon Islands Qualifications Framework - pdf, 610kb
⇒ Kiribati: Kiribati Report and Update on PQF, PRQS and NQFs - pdf, 910kb
⇒ Nauru: Nauru QF Status Report 2017 - pdf, 2.4mb
⇒ Marshall Islands: Building Capacity Status Report - pdf, 266kb
What Is Learning and How Do We Measure It? (Jeanette Baird, Vice President, Quality Assurance, Divine Word University, PNG & Dato' Morshidi Sirat, Director, Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility (CTEF), Malaysia)- pdf, 1.3mb
Tertiary Education: Higher Education & TVET - Overview of National Competency Standards (NCS) - based TVET System in Korea (Joeng-Yoon Cho, Director of Global Skills and Qualifications Agency (GLOSQUA), Seoul, Republic of Korea) - pdf, 5mb
Current Situation of Establishing NCS-Based Assessment System: Case of Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Joeng-Yoon Cho, Director of Global Skills and Qualifications Agency (GLOSQUA), Seoul, Republic of Korea) - pdf, 2.1mb
Integrating Quality Assurance, NQF and Recognition: Perspectives on NQF from the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (Wesley Teter, Senior Consultant, EISD, UNESCO Bangkok) - pdf, 1.2mb
Sharing of Experiences of Samoan QA Processes: Benefits and Challenges:
⇒ The value of quality assurance: The APTC Samoa experience (Pat Vella, Country Manager, APTC, Australia) - pdf, 811kb
⇒ Provider registration (Tea Tepora Wright, Director Academic Quality Unit, National University of Samoa, Samoa) - pdf, 430kb
⇒ Programme Accreditation (Emoni T Tesese, Tesese Institute of Administrative Studies) - pdf, 576kb
⇒ Non formal Leaning (Kalena Sootagamalelagi SEGI, Office of the Public Service Commission) - pdf, 755kb
Indicators for Monitoring TVET – Perspectives from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (Greg Keeble, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNESCO Office for the Pacific States) - pdf, 807kb
Mapping Pathways to Empowerment: Developing a Research Framework for National Case Studies (Dato' Morshidi Sirat, Founding Director, Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility (CTEF), Malaysia) - pdf, 792kb