Fabian Demicoli

NCFHE Re-launching Malta’s Referencing Report to the MQF – GRTU Meeting for Licensed Private Training Providers and Education Institutions

Malta has had its national qualifications framework (MQF) referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) since 2009. This gives Malta’s education system more value in terms of mutual trust across countries and allows transferability of qualifications.

The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) has launched a consultation to update Malta’s Referencing Report. The major changes include:

  • Clearer definition of a full level qualification(such as a Bachelors’ Degree for Level 6) as opposed to a short course described as an award
  • Introduction of entry levelsbelow MQF level 1 in order to capture the skills developed by individuals which do not reach the present first level of the framework.
  • A renewed commitment towards validation of informal and non-formal learningwhich should give value to attainment of skills irrespective of the context within which it has been obtained (such as learning of skills through the world of work)
  • Establishing a lower minimum number of creditsfor accredited learning to a minimum of 1 credit (25 hours of learning)
  • Establishing the minimum number of creditsfor full level qualifications
  • Reducing the minimum contact hoursper credit to 5 hours (out of 25)
  • Formulating a methodology towards giving credits to work-based learning

GRTU is holding a meeting to discuss the updated referencing report with operators in the sector in order to include it in its feedback to NCFHE. This meeting is being held at GRTU offices on Thursday 6th August at 15:30hrs. In order to confirm your attendance you are requested to contact GRTU on or 21232881.


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