JAKARTA, 25 June 2019 – A Seminar on Qualifications Frameworks (QF) and Recognition in the Digital Era was held today in Jakarta, Indonesia to enhance understanding of the role of national and regional qualifications frameworks in ensuring the recognition of degrees, skills and competencies in higher education in the advent of digital era.

National and regional stakeholders, including members of the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework Committee attended the seminar to explore the challenges that digitalisation poses to recognition. Together with international experts, participants discussed the various roles that frameworks have and explored how to foster this potential in the future.

H.E. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasir, the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE) of Indonesia described the Indonesian Qualifications Framework (IQF) and its application for recognition across higher education institutions. At the national level, IQF acts as a neutral reference that will allow for the comparison of learning outcomes resulting from formal or non-formal education, as well as learning outcomes acquired through job experience. Qualifications frameworks also provide valuable inputs in the crafting of national standards and criteria facilitates the recognition of the skills and qualifications earned by learners.

Bala Kumar Palaniappan, Director for External Relations, highlighted the region’s aspiration to facilitate the seamless movement of skilled labour within ASEAN through harmonisation and standardisation. Considering that ASEAN is home to about 7,000 higher education institutions, quality assurance and the fair recognition of degrees, which is critical in the establishment of a common ASEAN higher education space, will require a cornerstone of trust, which is facilitated by qualifications frameworks.

EU Mission to ASEAN Charge d’Affaires a.i., Mr Lucas Cibor said “SHARE is committed to build harmonisation of a higher education area within the ASEAN region. It aims at strengthening and disseminating the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) and the ASEAN Quality Assurance Framework (AQAF) with a focus on higher education. Within the frame of bi-regional dialogue and mutual exchange, the European partners share their experiences and good practice of the Bologna Process and build on the work already underway across the ASEAN region, especially on the achievements of the AQRF Committee and the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN).

The Regional Seminar is continuation from previous collaborative programs between MoRTHE and the EU SHARE on International Dialogue on ASEAN Quality Assurance & Qualifications Framework on February 2017. The aims of collaborative programs align with function and policy of Directorate of Learning and Students Affairs of MoRTHE, particularly Quality Assurance Directorate, so that it will accelerate policy development in terms of qualification framework and quality assurance for higher education in Indonesia

The Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Indonesia (MORTHE); ASEAN Secretariat; and the European Union Mission to ASEAN jointly organised the seminar.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education Indonesia: Neni Herlina, Tel.: +62 812 8933 1670, Email: nherlina@ristekdikti.go.id

Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam: Mrs. Destriani Nugroho, Tel.: +62 (21) 2554 6245, Email: destriani.nugroho@eeas.europa.eu

ASEAN Secretariat: public@asean.org

SHARE Programme Manager for DAAD: Sebastian Gries, Tel.: +62 (21) 5200 870, Email: gries@daadjkt.org

SHARE Programme Management Office: Ms. Afra Irhami, Tel.: +62 21 293 33470 ext. 280, Email: afra.irhami@britishcouncil.or.id