SADC E and T Ministers approve establishment of Regional Qualifications Framework

On 23 September 2011 Ministers responsible for education and training in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) approved the establishment of the SADC Regional Qualifications Framework (RQF).

This SADC RQF will be a reference framework described by level descriptors and will include:

• quality assurance guidelines which set minimum standards for quality assurance in the SADC region
• a SADC Qualifications Portal which will incorporate full and part-time qualifications that are formally recognised in SADC member states The SADC RQF is expected to contribute to the efforts of developing a continental qualifications framework for mutual recognition of degrees and qualifications in higher education.

The establishment of the SADC RQF is the culmination of a journey that began in 2001 when SADC member states called for a regional qualifications framework during a Sectoral Ministers Meeting held in Mauritius. At the time Ministers and Senior Officials of SADC member states agreed that a regional qualifications framework offered an important mechanism through which to enhance mobility, harmonisation and recognition of qualifications across the region.

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