Launching the MQF impact assessment study


The National Commission for Further and Higher Education is happy to announce that the MQF Logo Competition has been settled. We have received over fifty proposals and the Jury had a hard choice to make. Following a long sitting and a vibrant discussion, the Jury decided to award a proposal submitted by Mr Reno Cucciardi. According to the author’s description, the idea "…is a representation of the 8 Levels of the MQF in vibrant colours integrated with the Mata National symbol which is the 8 pointed cross."
On the 6th August 2020 the NCFHE organised a launching ceremony; Mr Reno Cucciardi received the prize money EUR 500 and the participants were awarded the certificates.
The NCFHE shall be systematically using the MQF Logo in promotional materials so that the visibility and the awareness of the Malta Qualifications Framework are strengthened.
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A Webinar titled “Launching the MQF impact assessment study" held on the 7th April 2020 was organised by the NCFHE instead of the National Colloquium which has been postponed. The event was focused on the most important aspects of the Impact Assessment of the Malta Qualifications Framework which is to be conducted in 2020. 

The Webinar was moderated by the research and policy unit, represented by the MQF Coordinator, Ms Madonna Maroun. The online event was attended by 100 participants and only technical limitations did not allow us to invite more people. The participants were welcomed by Hon Dr Owen Bonnici, the Minister for Education and Employment, and Dr Rose Anne Cuschieri, CEO NCFHE.

Ms Anastasia Pouliou, a CEDEFOP Expert from the Department for VET Systems and Institutions, gave an overview of national qualifications database developments in Europe. Prof. James Calleja, provided the participants with the context of establishing the Malta Qualifications Framework two decades ago. In turn, Ms Aileen Ponton from the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership outlined the MQF Impact Assessment. Each presentation was followed by a Q&A session. The general public is asked to fill out the survey which will be circulated in May 2020.​

Background Paper for MQF Impact Assessment Study

Webinar Agenda NCFHE 2020​ 

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2020 MQF Impact Assessment 

Has the Malta Qualifications Framework impacted your work or your studies? Together with the SCQFP, the NCFHE is carrying out an Impact Assessment Study on the MQF.

We need to know your feedback as a student, an employee, an employer, a parent, a government official, an educational institution etc. Take this 15 min survey HERE.

Your participation in the study will help formulate recommendations on how to develop the MQF!

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For more information, find us on or send an email to​


The MQF Logo Competition

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​On the occasion of the second decade of the Mala Qualifications Framework, the National Commission for Further and Higher Education invite you to take part in a National Competition for Developing a Malta Qualifications Framework Logo.  The image selected will appear on our events, social media and all our visual materials.

 The winner will be awarded with a prize of EUR 500.

 The winner shall be selected by a nine-member jury chaired by the CEO NCFHE.

Each member of the jury has one vote. The logo receiving more votes will be selected as winner.

 National Competition for Developing a Malta Qualifications Framework Logo aims to design a logo which would reflect the Background, Aims and Objectives of the MQF in the best possible way.

 Background to establishing MQF

The MQF was formally established in 2007 and is seen as an important tool to put lifelong learning and adult learning opportunities into practice by improving access, progression and valuing of non-formally and informally acquired competences. It provides consistency and coherence with the European Qualifications Framework and promotes the concept of mutual trust through robust quality assurance mechanisms across all levels of the MQF.

 Aims and Objectives of the MQF

The MQF is an eight-level system with  level descriptors that reflect the knowledge, skills and competences which the learner would have acquired at the end of a learning process.

 The objectives of the MQF are to:

  • aid transparency and understanding of qualifications at home and abroad;
  • promote parity of esteem of qualifications from different learning pathways, including vocational and professional degrees and academic study programmes;
  • improve overall consistency and coherence of the qualifications system.

 ​Rules of application:

  • Logo proposals have to be sent to the NCFHE by e-mail to, by 30th June 2020, 12:00 p.m. local time (Extended)
  • Each applicant must include in the e-mail his/her name, surname and contact details
  • The subject of the email must be: “MQF Logo National Competition”.
  • For quality reproduction purposes the graphic proposal has to be submitted in scalable vector graphic format (EPS). Colour must be CMYK. Contestants are advised to avoid gradients and half-tones. The logo must be easy to use, handle, resize, and manipulate for all reproduction purposes. It should be visually appealing on both small (as small as 2 cm x 2 cm) and large scales.
  • For sharing purposes, each applicant has to include, together with the EPS format, other three formats: PDF, JPG and PNG ( with transparent background).
  • Together with logo proposal, each applicant must send a short description of the Logo and the idea behind it.

 Intellectual Property

  • Entrants affirm their submissions are their own original work, have not been copied from others or from previous designs, including their own, and do not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
  • Submissions become the sole property of the NCFHE and may be used for any NCFHE purposes, including, but not limited to, display on websites, business cards, letterhead, posters, and other materials.
  • NCFHE shall have the right to adapt, edit, modify, or otherwise use the winning submission in part or in its entirety in whatever manner it deems appropriate.
  • If the winner is determined to have violated any rules, he/she will be required to forfeit or return the prize, even if the determination is made after the prize has been awarded.


  • NCFHE is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or otherwise unusable entries, including entries that are lost or unusable due to computer, internet, or electronic problems.
  • NCFHE reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest and award the prize by alternate means if fraud or technical failure is determined at any time by NCFHE, including after the submission window has closed.
  • NCFHE is not liable, for the purpose of winner and prize notification and delivery, in case the contest winner has provided incorrect, outdated, or otherwise invalid contact information.

Additional information on the MQF

MQF National Logo Competition