National Commission for Further and Higher Education

What does the National Commission for Further and Higher Education do?

The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) is the entity responsible for the regulation of the Further and Higher education sector in Malta and for the development of the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF).

Malta established its Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) in 2007 and the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) is the local competent authority to recognise qualifications and accredit courses against the Malta Qualifications Framework. ​​​ ​ ​

The NCFHE ensures that the MQF used effectively and also acts as the National Coordination Point for the European Framework as a conversion device for international qualifications.

What is a qualifications framework?

A qualifications framework is an instrument that provides insight on the classification of qualifications according to a set of criteria using level descriptors and qualifications in order to understand learning outcomes. In Malta this is known as the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF).

What is the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF)?

The Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) assists in making the Maltese qualifications system easier to understand and review, and more transparent at a national and international level. The Malta Qualifications Framework is also a referencing tool that helps to describe and compare both national and foreign qualifications to promote quality, transparency and mobility of qualifications in all types of education. It is mainly referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) as well as to other non-European qualifications frameworks.

What are the reference levels?

The reference levels make it easier to understand what a learner with a qualification related to the Malta Qualifications Framework knows, understands and is able to do. These levels are neutral reference points to be used for all qualifications irrespective of whether they arise from academic or vocational education, formal, informal and non-formal learning.  These are useful for education and training providers as they describe the knowledge, skills and competences and a set of learning outcomes which indicate to the learner the end of a learning process.

What is the Referencing Report?

The Referencing Report is a national document that illustrates how the MQF is referenced to the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and to the Qualification Framework European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This document provides information on the comparability of the MQF to the EQF and the EHEA, therefore making Maltese qualification more transparent and easier to understand at a European Level. The Referencing Report displays information on the level descriptors and sets the number of credits required for qualifications/awards at each level.