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International Seminar on National Qualifications Frameworks with Thai MOE

15.02.2011

The Ministry of Education of Thailand is set to host the International Conference on "the Implementation of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF): Policies and Strategies" in Pullman King Power Hotel, Bangkok on 27 – 28 April 2011.

The Ministry is jointly organising the event with UNESCO Bangkok, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Australian Education International (AEI).

In the last five years, NQFs have become increasingly critical in the reform of education and TVET systems throughout the world. A growing number of governments are progressively acknowledging the importance of establishing these mechanisms which ensure that qualifications and standards are consistent on a national level. Fiji, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Maldives, the Philippines and Malaysia are some of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region that have developed or are currently in the process of developing NQFs.

Likewise, the rising trend towards regionalism has also created the need for governments to develop common and transparent regional standards as an important step towards enhancing student and labour mobility and facilitating the integration of national and international labour markets.

Through a consultation process, the NQF for Thailand was drafted in 2010. This event will serve as a platform for the government of Thailand to draw key learning points from the experiences of various countries to help them design specific policies for the future implementation of a Thai NQF.

The tentative conference programme includes country presentations, expert sharing sessions and group and roundtable discussions. On Day 1, country representatives will deliver reports on their respective NQF developments. On Day 2, participants will take part in a peer learning exercise where they can share experiences and focus on the key challenges encountered and lessons learned in implementing NQFs. The last segment of the conference will address the challenges raised and discuss options for moving forward at regional and national levels. To conclude the event, the roles and priorities of UNESCO and other related international organisations in the subsequent policy making process will be identified.

Participants from Thailand include policy makers, administrators, educators and representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour, the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and other leading industry clusters. Also attending the event (tentative and yet to be confirmed) are international experts from UNESCO, the European Union, ILO, GIZ, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and  Hong Kong.

National policy makers from developing countries in the region including Lao PDR, Viet Nam, Indonesia and China will be present to discuss common approaches to regional-level qualifications frameworks. A final list of participants and more information about the event will be released in the following weeks.

For more information, contact Youngsup Choi: ys.choi(at)unesco.org.