NZ and EU complete qualifications comparison

New Zealand and the European Union have completed a joint project to compare qualification frameworks and make it easier for people to move between the two, a move that comes as Education New Zealand reports growing interest from European agents and students.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has published the results of its joint project with the European Commission, establishing the relationship between the levels of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).


An illustrative summary diagram shows how education levels compare, including where New Zealand secondary, trade and diploma qualifications sit in the European framework.


In a statement, NZQA said, "The report raises the profile of NZQA qualifications in Europe and makes it easier to compare them to EU qualifications. This will support transparent and consistent recognition decisions by education providers and employers in New Zealand and amongst European Union member states.


"Ultimately, this will make it easier for people who hold New Zealand qualifications and people who hold qualifications from EU countries to have the qualifications recognised for working and studying in each other's countries."


In an interview with StudyTravel Magazine last week, Ute Haug, Senior Market Development Manager Europe for Education New Zealand (ENZ) outlined initiatives to promote New Zealand in European agency markets.


She explained that New Zealand mostly attracts university students for one or two semesters because of the distance and cost involved. "However, despite this we're starting to see a growing attraction towards New Zealand as a [full degree] study destination, possibly due to the uncertainty around Brexit, or current safety issues around terrorism - in Western Europe in particular."


Europe accounted for around 10 per cent of all students in New Zealand in 2016, with most students coming from Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK.


"Germany has historically been the largest market, sending more high school students to New Zealand than any other European country, and ranking only behind China and Japan overall. Switzerland is a special case as the huge majority of students come for English language studies. Norway and Sweden are interesting for us as their governments provide very generous funding schemes for their students to study abroad. We're also seeing good growth from a couple of sectors out of Italy and Spain, and our university numbers from the UK are on the up," Ute added.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor