The establishment of the National Qualifications Authority (NQA) is a key initiative to cope with the dramatic changes UAE is witnessing at all levels, including changes within the economic and education and training sectors. UAE always considered as the best placed to initiate appropriate strategies that can achieve its vision of socio-economic development, coincide with the emerging needs for the technology-based economy, and be in a better position to move towards the knowledge-based economy that the world has been going through since the 1990’s of the last century. These changes, further, have necessitated re-addressing the roles played by the education and training bodies and stimulated the development of human capital skills.
Mandate of NQA:
Design plans and policies, and develop a comprehensive and
unified national strategy for qualifications.
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.
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
Develop and maintain systems, processes and procedures to
assess learning outcomes that serve as the basis for awarding qualifications.
Issue equivalencies for higher education, general education
and vocational, technical, and professional education and training
Assess and accredit higher education, general education and
vocational, technical, and professional education and training providers.
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.
Advise individuals and entities to promote the concept of
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
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
16. Any other functions
or tasks assigned by the cabinet.