New Zealand has officially become the third country to accede to the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Convention 2011 on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education, joining China and Australia as the leading countries in the process of accession.
(New Zealand's Permanent Delegate Susannah Gordon handed over the instrument of accession to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education to Qian TANG, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education.)
This Convention provides a multilateral legal framework to improve international recognition of higher education qualifications and periods of study within the Asia-Pacific region.
The convention could help to facilitate greater mobility of students, academic staff and workers from the Asia-Pacific region. It could also improve the understanding and recognition of New Zealanders’ qualifications internationally as well as making it easier for skilled migrants from the region to work and study here. It could have significant benefits for New Zealand particularly in the areas of export education, trade and foreign policy relationships.
Engaging with this Convention will align New Zealand with its competitors in the export education market and enhance linkages within the Asia-Pacific region. It also supports New Zealand’s efforts to increase international connections through the tertiary education system and facilitates more New Zealanders to study overseas.
Two more countries need to accede before the Convention can come into force.