QQI – A new vision for quality and qualifications in Ireland

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QQI is launching its new statement of strategy on Tuesday 30 November at noon.

QQI  is the national agency responsible for qualifications and quality assurance in further education and training and higher education in Ireland.

QQI – ‘A new vision for quality and qualifications in Ireland’ will share with its vision for the next three years across quality and qualifications in the tertiary education landscape. You will find out about new strategic direction in areas such as learner information and protection, provider development, and insight and information-sharing. QQI will outline how they aim to achieve these goals through creating a culture of excellence and partnership.

QQI will launch a key initiative underpinning its new strategy – the Irish Quality and Qualifications Forum. The forum will be a key driver of an integrated approach to quality and qualifications across the further and higher education and training sectors. It will encourage and stimulate system-wide collaboration, engagement and insight-sharing on all things quality and qualifications.

Register to attend here.

QQI’s role is to:

• promote, maintain and develop the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), a 10-level framework for the development, recognition and awarding of qualifications in Ireland;

• approve programmes offered at a variety of schools, colleges and further and higher education and training institutions. These programmes lead to qualifications (QQI awards) listed in the NFQ, which are recognised internationally;

• regulate and promote the quality of programmes offered by schools and colleges leading to qualifications in the NFQ for the benefit of learners, employers and other interested parties;

• ensure that providers* offering national qualifications provide a positive, high-quality experience to international learners coming to study in Ireland. We will do this by authorising the International Education Mark (IEM);

• provide academic advice on the recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland through a service called NARIC Ireland – the National Academic Recognition Information Centre.  We also provide advice on the recognition of Irish qualifications abroad;

• inform the public about quality assured education and training programmes and qualifications through a database of programmes and a register of providers;

• manage a national scheme for the quality assurance of English language services (Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services – ACELS);

• advise the Minister for Education and Skills about national policy on quality assurance and improvement in education and training.​

Steven Galvin

Atlantic Technological University
Senior Academic Leadership Initiative Posts


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