Pacific Capacity Building Workshop on Implementing National Qualifications Frameworks (N.Q.F) at Programme Level: The use of learning outcomes matched against level descriptors of N.Q.Fs
The ‘Pacific Capacity Building Workshop on Implementing National Qualifications Framework at Programme Level’ brought together more than 30 regional and local quality assurance experts from around the Pacific last month at the Tanoa Tusitala hotel.
Co-hosted and organized by U.N.E.S.C.O and the Samoa Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A), the workshop focused on capacity building for quality assurance of lifelong learning systems in the Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S).
The workshop was a golden opportunity to local participants to attend a high caliber meeting that they would not have had the chance to participate in if it was held abroad.
In opening the workshop, Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi encouraged high standards of education within the Pacific countries.
Throughout the workshop, participants were able to share and discuss research, insights, and strategies on how to effectively implement and monitor National Qualification Frameworks (N.Q.Fs) at national, institutional, and programme levels so that learning outcomes are quality assured.
The discussions helped to further promote and effectively monitor quality lifelong learning based on N.Q.Fs throughout the Pacific.
Participants were able to get a wider understanding of the significance of complying with quality assurance to raise standards of education and fostering collaborative work with authorities like S.Q.A.
There was also emphasis in articulating evidence based N.Q.Fs as part of an overall Quality Assurance system and ensuring data collection is done in coordination with providers and authorities.
The workshop is the first activity of a new two-year initiative under the “Pathways to Empowerment- Building Capacity for Quality Higher Education and T.V.E.T. in Pacific Island Countries.” It was funded by the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust and Korea-Funds-in-Trust.
Efforts of S.Q.A’s Chief Executive Officer, Lemalu Lafi Sanerivi was also acknowledged for pushing to have the regional workshop held in Apia.