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National Qualification Framework of Azerbaijan has been approved by the Prime Minister on 18 July 2018

The draft NQF Decree has been developed from 2011 to 2015. It was submitted for approval to the Cabinet of Ministers in 2016. On 18 July 2018 the draft law No. 311 “National Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning of the Republic of Azerbaijan” was approved by Novruz Mammadov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Comparison of Qualifications for Trusted Recognition

On August, 2018, the kick-off meeting of the QUATREC (Comparison of Qualifications for Trusted Recognition) project coordinated by the Academic Information Centre (AIC) - Latvian ENIC/NARIC centre took place in Riga. The meeting will be attended by the representatives of project partners - United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Estonia and Armenia.

Development of the Latvian Qualifications Framework

On December 18, 2017, the Academic Information Centre organized a working seminar Development of the Latvian Qualifications Framework. The aim of the seminar was to discuss issues to be covered by the report according to the set criteria, as well as to look at changes in Latvian education under the influence of the LQF since its establishment.

Digital Data for Enhancing Mobility in Higher Education

On 16 November, 2017 Academic information centre / National Europass centre Latvia hosted international conference „Digital Data for Enhancing Mobility in Higher Education”. The conference discussed the exchange of digital student data – Groningen declaration, as well as other projects supporting quick exchange of data for enhancing student mobility.

Validation of non-formal learning outcomes in the context of the Latvian qualifications framework

On October 26, 2017, Academic Information Centre organized a seminar Validation of non-formal learning outcomes in the context of the Latvian qualifications framework. The aim of the seminar was to introduce higher education and VET institutions with experience and achievements in the evaluation and recognition of non-formal learning outcomes, in line with the guideline of the European Council 2012 Recommendation on validation of non-formal and informal learning (2012 / C 398/01).

The Classification of the Latvian Education includes Latvian qualifications framework levels

On June 13, 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted new regulation on the Classification of the Latvian Education. The regulation was developed for comparing the Classification of the Latvian Education with the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED-F 2013), as well as regulation defines the levels of the Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) in accordance with the descriptions of knowledge, skills and competences.

The use of Europass and EQF in higher education quality assessment

On May 31, 2017, Academic Information Centre organized a seminar to introduce Europass and the European Qualifications Framework to the higher education institutions, including the importance of these tools in the assessing the quality of education.

Education, Training and Employment Survey

The European Commission has launched an online survey to understand the needs of people when looking for support and information on education, training and employment.

Study on development of LQF

Academic Information Centre - Latvian NCP prepared an assessment of LQF development from 2011 to 2016. The aim of the study was to analyse the development of LQF and its contribution to changes in the Latvian education. The study highlighted a number of changes in education - the development of terminology, indication of LQF / EQF levels in diplomas and certificates, involving of social partners in the development of LQF, a project on work based learning implemented by the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia, as well as the development of ECVET and ECTS credit point systems in Latvia.

Launching of Latvian Qualifications database

On October 27, 2016, Academic Information Centre organized an international event Launch Conference of the Latvian Qualifications database. Aim of the conference was to present the Latvian Qualifications database and discuss its development process. Representatives from the European Commission and other international experts shared their ideas and experiences regarding the development of national qualifications databases, their challenges and potentials.

Vocational education documents will indicate the level of LQF

From 1st January 2017, documents certifying vocational education and vocational qualifications will include reference to the corresponding LQF level On April 5, 2016 The Cabinet of Ministers approved the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.194 “Amendments to the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No.451 of June 21, 2005 “Procedures by which state-recognised documents certifying vocational education and vocational qualification and documents certifying acquisition of a part of an accredited vocational education programme are issued””.

The Education Law sets legal framework for the Latvian Qualifications Framework

On June 18, 2015, the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) adopted amendments to the Education Law. The law is supplemented with a new article on the Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF). LQF is defined as system of eight levels, which imparts basic, secondary and higher education stages and all the types (general, vocational/professional, academic) of education, as well as professional qualifications obtained outside the formal education system. The LQF is referenced to the European Qualifications Framework. The LQF levels are characterized by learning outcomes achieved at the appropriate level. Each LQF level includes those learning outcomes that have been achieved in the previous levels. The new article of Education Law briefly characterizes each level of the Latvian Qualifications Framework. More detailed LQF descriptors expressed in terms of knowledge, skills and competence are determined by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The latest amendments to the Vocational Education Law on the Latvian Qualifications Framework levels

On April 23, 2015 Parliament of the Republic of Latvia (Saeima) adopted amendments to the Vocational Education Law. Several of the adopted amendments concern correspondence of professional qualifications and their levels to the Latvian Qualifications Framework (referenced to the EQF in 2011). According to the amendments, five professional qualification levels used in the Latvian vocational education system are referred to the Latvian Qualifications Framework levels. Furthermore, vocational education programmes should include reference to the Latvian Qualifications Framework level. These regulations will enter into force simultaneously with the amendments in the Education Law, in which Latvian Qualifications Framework and its level descriptors will be defined. The documents certifying vocational education and vocational qualification (diplomas, certificates), in addition, should indicate the level of Latvian Qualifications Framework. This regulation will enter into force on 1 January 2017. The Amendments to the Vocational Education Law will enter into force on May 15, 2015.

Study report: International Qualifications in Latvia

The study "International Qualifications in Latvia" was provided by Academic Information Centre.The aim of this study was to explore concept of international qualifications, Which international qualifications are issued in Latvia and Whether international qualifications should be referenced to the Latvian Qualifications Framework. Representatives of education institutions which provide international qualifications and representatives of Sectoral Expert Councils took part in the interviews and survey. Results of study include characterization of international qualifications awarded in Latvia, requirements, coverage of usage, admittance requirements, assessment methods, quality assurance ...