Aims and objectives

The overall objective of the project is to support the implementation and development of EQF by  developing and correlating national and sectoral qualifications frameworks and systems in relation to the EQF and strengthening the links with EHEA.To this purpose, we managed to identify several specific objectives/aims:

  • to develop methods and procedures for supporting the development and implementation of NQFs taking account of different types of NQF possible and appropriate by comparing their methodologies with a focus on the learning outcomes;
  • to develop and apply the learning outcomes approach promoted by the EQF by exploring how this can facilitate comparison of qualifications awarded by national authorities for HE levels with qualifications issued by the air transport industry and the mechatronics sectors and enterprises at national and European level;
  • to develop and produce supporting guidance tools and an international journal for qualifications frameworks in order to assist experts and stakeholders in interpreting and applying the EQF.

When setting the project objectives and goals we started from the following identified needs: clarification and understanding of the NQFs of the 7 partner countries; building NQFs based to comparable and compatible methodologies in order to make the implementation of a functional EQF by 2012 possible. To this purpose, we also took into account the reports published by all 7 participating countries for the BFUG Stocktaking 2007, through institutions within the partnership, as well as the text of the London Communiqué of May 2007 indicating that “Qualifications frameworks are important instruments in achieving comparability and transparency within the EHEA” and that Ministers of Education from the Bologna area commit themselves to fully implementing such national qualifications frameworks, certified against the overarching Framework for Qualifications of the EHEA, by 2010. Moreover, we found in the Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council 2008/C 111/01 important ideas that are at the core of our project: use of EQF as a reference tool for comparing the qualifications levels of the various systems, for identifying these links and for their transparent correlation by 2010.