What is the Transnational Qualification Framework?

The Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF) for the Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth was formally launched in April 2010. It is heralded the introduction of probably the most international, collaborative system for capacity building, skills development and greater access to quality-assured qualifications.


Nothing has been done like this before

A 30-country international online course development initiative like the VUSSC poses challenges of qualifications frameworks and qualifications recognition. Courses developed under the aegis of the VUSSC are intended to be adapted and offered in many countries. But since the VUSSC is not an accrediting or awarding body, the institutions that offer the courses must accredit them locally.

The aim of a TQF should be to ensure that all the open educational resources that are being created collaboratively can be adapted into recognised courses that students can take for credit through the recognized institutions of the small states. If the TQF can act as a translation point for modules/units and qualifications between countries, the small states of the Commonwealth will have achieved much of what many larger countries dream of having.

An additional benefit of a TQF may be to discourage bogus providers, which are particularly active in trying to sell fake qualifications in the small states.


More Information about the VUSSC Transnational Qualifications Framework

Find out more about the VUSSC Transnational Qualifications Framework in the following documents: