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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

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Strategies for National Qualification Frameworks – MEDA Countries (2005-2006)

Type of project/activity :

Technical assistance

Objectives :

The objective was to support the development of national qualifications strategies.


Background :

The European Training Foundation is implementing projects aimed to develop strategies for national qualifications frameworks in several partner countries. In this region the project is part of the five-year project on Education and Training for Employment (ETE). The objective of ETE is to support MEDA (Euro-Mediterranean Partnership) partners in improving the design and transparency of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) policies that can contribute to promoting employment through a regional approach. It addresses the need to reinforce and improve the educational capacities of the MEDA partners and to facilitate a more intensive exchange of good practices and cooperation between Euro-Med partners on TVET and labour market issues.

The approach taken with the colleagues from the European Training Foundation (ETF) is to emphasise that there is no single model. The issues are about improving coherence, connectivity, quality and access for individuals in education and training systems. Taking as the starting point the existing national qualifications system in each country, the project worked with groups of key actors in each of the countries through a process of reflecting on the issues involved in moving from supplier-led to more demand-led approaches and the possible roles and contributions of qualifications frameworks. The aim was not to impose National Qualifications Frameworks, but to consider them as one possible tool for enhancing the systems in the countries involved.

In 2005-2006 the project worked with nine countries: Algeria , Egypt , Israel , Jordan , Morocco , Syria , Tunisia, Turkey and West Bank/Gaza.

Partners :

The Institute provided expertise to the European Training Foundation on their regional programme in the ten MEDA countries.

Main activities :

  • Development of guidelines for country assessments and a common report outline
  • Assistance to the local experts in finalising assessments and drawing out issues
  • Synthesis report for the five countries (2005)
  • Participation in the workshop in Amman (presentation of the synthesis report to country ministries)
  • Regional seminars and study visits to Ireland and Hungary (2006)
  • Specific missions to Tunisia and Jordan on the national work plans
  • Synthesis report 2006

Name of programme, funder or client :

European Training Foundation (ETF)

Expected outcomes, reports/documents :

(See above)

For more information please contact Jean Gordon at