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 Introducing NQA

Introducing NQA

The National Qualifications Authority (NQA) was established by Federal Decree No. 1 of 2010 issued by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (May God bless him) President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 23rd August, 2010. The federal decree gives effect to the mandate of NQA to develop and maintain a  national qualifications framework for the UAE, and in collaboration with the relevant authorities, the development and implementation of a range of quality assurance processes to assure quality of outcomes of education and training and in particular vocational education and training, and its relationship with the labour market.

Mandate of NQA:

1.     Design plans and policies, and develop a comprehensive and unified national strategy for qualifications.

2.     Establish and continuously maintain standards and regulations for qualifications of higher education, general education and technical, vocational and professional education and training to keep pace with scientific and technological progress, and to meet the requirements of economic and social development.

3.     Develop policies and procedures for qualifications of higher education, general education and vocational, technical and professional education and training so as to obtain national and international accreditation (recognition).

4.     Develop and maintain systems, processes and procedures to assess learning outcomes that serve as the basis for awarding qualifications.

5.     Issue equivalencies for higher education, general education and vocational, technical, and professional education and training qualifications

6.     Assess and accredit higher education, general education and vocational, technical, and professional education and training providers.

7.     Develop policies and procedures for access, transfer and progression of individuals within higher education, general education and vocational, technical, and professional education and training streams inside and outside the country.

8.     Advise individuals and entities to promote the concept of lifelong learning.

9.     Establish and maintain systems, processes and procedures to ensure that the National Qualifications Frameworks is the national frame of reference for qualifications in the country.

10. Analyse and provide qualifications-relevant data, and submit proposals to relevant entities, to improve the quality of higher

11. Establish specialised committees to develop national occupational (skills) standards for all jobs in compliance with the National Qualifications Framework levels.

12. Develop and maintain an integrated system to license assessors of vocational, technical and professional education and training qualifications.

13. Support the efforts of all entities responsible for assessing and regulating workforce quality.

14. Establish and maintain a national database for all education and training providers in the country, to include learners, accredited (recognised) national qualifications and national occupational (skills) standards.

15. Conduct studies and periodic evaluations, so as to improve the overall performance of the national qualifications system.

16. Any other functions or tasks assigned by the cabinet.

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