Second edition of Catalan Higher Education Qualifications Framework published
The Institutional and Programme Review Commission has approved a new edition of the document, which maintains the description of the different qualifications and adapts the content to the latest legislative changes.
A review to update the Catalan Higher Education Qualifications Framework (CHE-QF) was required due to legislative changes since its publication in 2019.
The Institutional and Programme Review Commission (CAIP) has approved a new version. The description of the different qualifications remains unchanged, because they have not changed in either the European Qualifications Framework or the Spanish Higher Education Qualifications Framework. However, the following changes have been made:
- The legal regulations affecting higher education (HE) degree programmes have been updated.
- University bachelor's degrees consisting of 180 ECTS credits (3 years) have been eliminated, as they are no longer valid in Spain, with the exception of joint international degrees (including those that are part of the European Commission's European Universities Initiative), which may consist of 180 ECTS credits.
- All definitions are aligned with Focus 1. Degree programme profiles and Focus 2. Assessment of learning outcomes.
- The names of higher education (HE) study programmes in Arts have been updated.
- The section on credit recognition has been rewritten.
- The relationships between the CHE-QF and the following frameworks are explained:
- Spanish Higher Education Qualifications Framework (MECES)
- Qualifications Framework in the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA)
- Spanish Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (MECU)
- European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
The Catalan Higher Education Qualifications Framework (CHE-QF) responds to the need to create an instrument, adapted to the reality of Catalonia, that enables the classification of higher education studies according to the type of training expected for each level.
- Roll out the legal document of the Spanish Higher Education Qualifications Framework (MECES) to adapt it to the current needs of the Catalan higher education system.
- Improve the design of degrees and, at the same time, have a more effective and efficient assessment system for these qualifications.
- Inform society of the skills profile expected from students who have obtained a specific academic degree.