NLRD Director assists UAE with planning the development of its qualifications register
By Tumelo Modisane
The Director of the National Learners' Records Database (NLRD) at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), Yvonne Shapiro, was in Abu Dhabi recently to assist the emirate in developing a database for its qualifications framework project.
"I gave a workshop on what the NLRD is and what it does, and on how the QFP could apply the concepts and methods that SAQA has used to develop and maintain the NLRD to their envisioned qualifications register and information system," says Ms Shapiro. "The workshop also included discussions on the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF), and the role of the directorates at SAQA such as Standards Setting and Development, and Quality Assurance and Development."
This visit to Abu Dhabi, the capital and largest city of the United Arab Emirates, comes after members of the Qualifications Framework Project (QFP) there came to South Africa and to SAQA to find out more about the South African NQF.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the process of setting up its qualifications framework. The QFP was launched in January 2007 by the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Applied Technology.
This is expected to the lead to the establishment of a Qualifications Authority. The Authority will serve as the custodian of the Qualifications Framework which is the UAE's core of an integrated qualifications system.
Apart from the Qualifications Framework for the UAE, the QFP is working towards the development and implementation of instruments and mechanisms for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT), and international comparability.
As well as a qualifications register and information system, a new system of quality assured vocational awards and is also on the cards for the UAE. To accomplish these objectives the QFP has acquired the services of national and international experts to set up the Qualifications Framework. Three South Africans, currently living in the UAE, form part of this team.
The proposed UAE Framework is a structure of 10 levels where each level is defined in terms of the learning outcomes required for the award of a qualification at that level. Learning outcomes are defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and aspects of competence - autonomy and responsibility, self-development, and role in context which form the five strands of outcomes.
The proposed framework model is designed to provide a single structure through which all qualifications in use in the UAE, i.e. general education, higher education and vocational education and training, can be described and classified, enabling the relationships between qualifications to be defined.
- Literature from QFP
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