Following an agreed extension, the Erasmus+ NURSLING Project: “National Qualifications Framework: Guidelines for the Development and Recognition of Qualifications” will conclude with a Final Conference in Tashkent on April 1-5, 2019.
The aim of the project, which was launched in 2015 by a consortium of institutions from Uzbekistan and the EU, has been to develop a national qualification framework for Uzbekistan (NQF RUz).
It is foreseen that the development and implementation of the NQF will allow for:
• The evaluation of a specialist by his/her qualifications, learning outcomes and gained competence
• A significant expansion of employment opportunities in foreign countries and organisations
• The ranking of educational institutions by the level of demand
Following analysis of the existing education system, structure and documentation 8 levels (+2 sublevels) of qualifications were identified, making up the draft NQF RUz, which was then comparatively assessed against the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Dublin descriptors for graduates of Bachelor and Master programme were also developed, which will be an integral part of the sectoral qualification frameworks.
A pilot model of credit system (similar to ECTS) was introduced to the Tashkent University of Information Technologies in the academic year 2018-2019 on an experimental basis. The proposed model of the NQF will now be presented for discussion at the final Conference of the NURSLING Project in April, as the first stage of the 10-step NQF formation process.
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