What VUSSC is 
or isn’t?
VUSSC is not a university!
Ironic?
If not, then what?
What VUSSC is or isn’t?

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VUSSC is not a university in the traditional sense.
There are no:
faculties
department...
What VUSSC is or isn’t?
VUSSC can best be described as a concept!

What does this mean?
What VUSSC is or isn’t?
• An initiative of the education ministers of the
32 small states that account for two-thirds of
t...
What VUSSC is or isn’t?
• VUSSC is “collaborative network” contributing to the
strengthening and development of the tertia...
Participating countries
• Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Botswana,
Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica,...
The Virtual University for Small 
States of the Commonwealth
The TQF

What is the VUSSC Transnational Qualifications
Framework (TQF)?
The TQF
• is a translation instrument for
the classification of VUSSC
qualifications
 to improve credit transfer and
 pr...
The TQF
TQF as a mapping instrument
• Improve credit transfer and articulation
between countries
• Promote common quality ...
Level

Qualifications Titles

Minimum
Credits

10

Doctoral Degree

360

9

Masters Degree

240

8

Postgraduate Certifica...
Referencing the TQF
Level

Qualifications Titles

Minimum
Credits

10

Doctoral Degree

360

9

Masters Degree

240

8

Po...
Underlying Principle
TQF Referenced to MQF & EQF 
TQF Referenced to CQF
The VUSSC Transnational Qualifications
Framework (TQF)
Providers

Registration of courses onto TQF

MoU
Guidelines for
Rec...
Ministerial
request,
transnational
needs

VUSSC
Conduit coordinated
by COL

No/very limited
recognition (non(formal)

Nati...
Benefits of the TQF
• Increase access to online
learning
• Promote life long learning
• TQF is voluntary – not
replacing e...
VUSSC OER CYCLE
The TQF Management
Committee
• Oversee the development and implementation of
the TQF
• Oversee the evaluation of programme...
Challenges of the TQF
• Registration of Qualifications on the NQF/TQF
• Ventilation of the TQF
• Referencing of the TQF wi...
www.col.org/vussc
www.vussc.info
www.facebook.com/vussc
John Lesperance reports on the Transnational Qualifications Framework at OERu meeting
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Presentation on the Transnational Qualifications Framework at the OERu TQF and course articulation meeting hosted by COL on 4 November 2013.

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John Lesperance reports on the Transnational Qualifications Framework at OERu meeting

  1. 1. What VUSSC is  or isn’t? VUSSC is not a university! Ironic? If not, then what?
  2. 2. What VUSSC is or isn’t? • • • • • VUSSC is not a university in the traditional sense. There are no: faculties departments schools, classrooms or lecturers
  3. 3. What VUSSC is or isn’t? VUSSC can best be described as a concept! What does this mean?
  4. 4. What VUSSC is or isn’t? • An initiative of the education ministers of the 32 small states that account for two-thirds of the Commonwealth member states. • To make available post secondary and tertiary level qualifications available to member states. • To share post-secondary and tertiary level qualifications among member states.
  5. 5. What VUSSC is or isn’t? • VUSSC is “collaborative network” contributing to the strengthening and development of the tertiary education sectors in participating states. • VUSSC is a “clearing house” for “collecting” and “registering” qualifications. • VUSSC is a platform for “storing” qualifications.
  6. 6. Participating countries • Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, The Bahamas, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. • Montserrat, The Cayman Islands (nonCommonwealth). • University of Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  7. 7. The Virtual University for Small  States of the Commonwealth
  8. 8. The TQF What is the VUSSC Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF)?
  9. 9. The TQF • is a translation instrument for the classification of VUSSC qualifications  to improve credit transfer and  promote common accreditation mechanisms between participating VUSSC countries
  10. 10. The TQF TQF as a mapping instrument • Improve credit transfer and articulation between countries • Promote common quality assurance mechanisms • Does not replace existing qualifications frameworks • Unified, credit-based with 10 levels • Sectoral and incremental implementation • Non-regulatory
  11. 11. Level Qualifications Titles Minimum Credits 10 Doctoral Degree 360 9 Masters Degree 240 8 Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma; Bachelor’s Degree with Honours 120 7 Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Certificate and Diploma; 360 6 Advanced/ Higher Diploma Associate Degree/ Foundation Degree 240 5 Diploma 240 4 Advanced Certificate 120 3 Certificate III 40 2 Certificate II 40 1 Certificate I 40
  12. 12. Referencing the TQF Level Qualifications Titles Minimum Credits 10 Doctoral Degree 360 9 Masters Degree 240 8 Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma; Bachelor’s Degree with Honours 120 7 Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Certificate and Diploma; Referencing the TQF 360 6 Advanced/ Higher Diploma Associate Degree/ Foundation Degree 240 5 Diploma 240 Level Qualifications Titles Minimum Credits 4 Advanced Certificate 120 3 Certificate III 40 2 Certificate II 1 Certificate I Level Qualifications Titles Minimum Credits 10 Doctoral Degree 360 9 Masters Degree 240 8 Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma; Bachelor’s Degree with Honours 120 7 Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Certificate and Diploma; 360 6 Advanced/ Higher Diploma Associate Degree/ Foundation Degree 240 5 Diploma 240 4 Advanced Certificate 120 3 Certificate III 40 40 2 Certificate II 40 40 1 Certificate I 40
  13. 13. Underlying Principle
  14. 14. TQF Referenced to MQF & EQF 
  15. 15. TQF Referenced to CQF
  16. 16. The VUSSC Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF) Providers Registration of courses onto TQF MoU Guidelines for Recognition RQF Note: Dotted lines refer to registration process of courses that have already been quality assured by the NQAA or other recognised authority
  17. 17. Ministerial request, transnational needs VUSSC Conduit coordinated by COL No/very limited recognition (non(formal) National and regional recognition National recognition National, regional and transnational recognition Optional Course material developed using ODL mode PROVIDERS offer a range of courses NATIONAL QA REQUIREMENTS (NQF or MOE) Compulsory REGIONAL QA REQUIREMENTS (RQF, where applicable) Optional TRANSNATIONAL QA REQUIREMENTS Optional
  18. 18. Benefits of the TQF • Increase access to online learning • Promote life long learning • TQF is voluntary – not replacing existing system • Enhance transnational education and training system
  19. 19. VUSSC OER CYCLE
  20. 20. The TQF Management Committee • Oversee the development and implementation of the TQF • Oversee the evaluation of programmes to be registered on the VUSSC TQF • Communicate and advocate the TQF within Small States of the Commonwealth. • Recommend the appointment of external observers, technical experts and external evaluators to COL when required • Develop and maintain appropriate strategic networks to enhance the objectives and performance of the TQF.
  21. 21. Challenges of the TQF • Registration of Qualifications on the NQF/TQF • Ventilation of the TQF • Referencing of the TQF with other meta-framework like the EQF • Involvement of all stakeholders • Other countries that wish to use TQF • Certification
  22. 22. www.col.org/vussc www.vussc.info www.facebook.com/vussc

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