VUSSC Transnational Qualifications Framework Expands

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The Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF) was developed and endorsed by 26 VUSSC Member States in 2010. Its adoption since then continues to grow.

Several countries, including Botswana, Mauritius, Samoa and Seychelles, have accredited institutions offering programmes developed through VUSSC; as a result, these courses have been registered on national qualifications frameworks.

The TQF has also been referenced against the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), while referencing work is continuing in Botswana, Mauritius and Seychelles. The TQF is also being referenced against the Pacific Register of Qualifications and Standards (PRQS).

In October 2013, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and COL, through VUSSC, hosted a workshop in Saint Lucia where the TQF was used as a reference point in finalising the CARICOM Qualifications Framework (CQF).

Four qualifications are also being registered on the TQF (Master in Educational Leadership, Bachelor in Business and Entrepreneurship, Diploma in Agriculture and Bachelor in Environmental Science). A TQF referencing document for VUSSC is being compiled.

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