BUDAPEST, 25-26 MAY, 2011

Hungarian EU presidency event


The overarching aim of the conference is to overview the implementation of EQF recommendation, stocktaking, evaluating progress and drawing lessons from experiences and process of referencing, etc; identifying further challenges, outline further tasks and offer new incentives to EQF - NQF developments.

The potential of EQF at European level and NQF at national level as an instrument providing opportunities for creating greater synergies between developments and policy measures taken to implement a more coherent and comprehensive lifelong learning policy is recognised in various policy documents. The Conference is proposed to offer a unique opportunity to discuss the advantages and drawbacks embedded in qualification frameworks and its consequences relating to the EQF process and all other national qualifications-related instruments. This discussion will likely be enriching our vision regarding the way forward to sustain and make use of the EQF. At European level, prospects and eventual needs to explore the possible role and tasks of EQF in the context of the priorities of the post-Lisbon EU 2020 Strategy and possible scenarios for valuing EQF in relation to different policy instruments in field of education, training and employment are to be discussed during the Conference. Discussing advantages and challenges resulting from the establishment of NQF in the national education and training systems will also contribute to a better understanding of the various scopes of qualifications frameworks.

The different NQFs should be based on learning outcomes and this is also implicitly enforced by linking NQFs with EQF. Creating and implementing a learning outcomes based qualification framework has a series of implications and consequences for educational provisions and institutional practices. Discussing the implicit and explicit consequences of the development and establishment of national qualifications frameworks with special regard to the encountered difficulties, and also the legal, policy framework of their NQF will be contributing to provide a platform for promoting exchange of good practices, mutual leaning and enhancing trust among countries and main stakeholders.