New European Tool for Transparency of Qualifications Generates Worldwide Interest

Over 200 education experts and policymakers from 60 countries attended the first global conference on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), at the European Parliament in Brussels on 29th and 30th January 2009.

The conference participants debated the external dimension of the EQF, as well as its potential contribution to overcoming the current financial crisis and strengthening the economic growth of Europe. The event generated a high level of international interest, providing a unique opportunity for EU Member States to explore possible links and exchange experiences with other countries about their respective education and training systems.

The EQF aims to relate different countries' national qualifications systems to a common reference framework in order to make national qualifications more readable across Europe, promote lifelong learning and increase the international mobility of workers and citizens through official recognition of their skills and qualifications. The structure of the EQF is designed to include all qualifications achieved from the end of compulsory school through to higher education, as well as those obtained through adult or vocational education and training.

The global conference on the European Qualification Framework was organised by the European Training Foundation in cooperation with the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, the Czech Presidency of the European Union, DG Education and Culture and CEDEFOP.

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