New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Press release: New Zealand and Korea aim for school qualifications recognition

Officials from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) will be visiting Seoul 7–10 May as part of a new project to improve the recognition and use of each other’s senior secondary school qualifications.

Korean students make a valuable contribution to New Zealand’s international student population, with around 10,000 Korean students studying in New Zealand every year.  A third of these are enrolled at secondary schools.

Korean students who are considering studying in New Zealand secondary schools, and those returning to Korea having achieved the New Zealand National Certificates of Education Achievement (NCEA), will benefit from increasing understanding of the NCEA and the Korean National Assessment of Educational Achievement and College Scholastic Ability Test through the development of specific equivalency arrangements.

“The usefulness of qualifications between New Zealand and Korea will increase greatly because students will find it easier to use their international qualifications and have them recognised in their home countries,” says Richard Thornton, Deputy Chief Executive, Qualifications, NZQA.

Ministry of Education, Korea Institute for Lifelong Learning, the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVIT) and the National Institute for Lifelong Learning (NILE) will discuss with NZQA officials New Zealand’s experience of establishing and maintaining a national qualifications framework and the portability of standards.

“NILE is also interested in recognising New Zealand education providers’ registered and approved by NZQA – this will give even greater assurance to Korean students considering study in New Zealand,” says Mr Thornton.

“NZQA is particularly interested in learning more about Korean National Competency Standards being developed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry Labour which aim to bridge the education curriculum and national qualifications under one framework.”

Mr Thornton adds that New Zealand and Korea have enjoyed close education links over the years and this work is helping to continue to strengthen those links.

The development of equivalency arrangements is an on-going project and will be a part of regular discussions between both countries.

[Enquiry: Onnuri Lee, Market Development Manager – Korea & Japan, Tel. 02 3701 7830 Mobile. 010 6408 7830 Email. ]



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