MALTA QUALIFICATIONS RECOGNITION INFORMATION CENTRE (MQRIC)
The Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) is the competent body within the MFHEA that recognizes qualifications against the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF).
It provides recognition and comparability of both academic and vocational qualifications, using both the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to provide recognition advice on both local and international qualifications. It also assists in the recognition of Maltese qualifications abroad. MQRIC is also the local official ENIC-NARIC center in Malta and forms part of the ENIC-NARIC Network.
Recognition statements for qualifications may be required for various reasons, such as: to pursue further studies, applying for a job or a promotion, qualification allowance, tax rebate, scholarship schemes, a single permit/visa/citizenship with Jobsplus, amongst others. In order to further facilitate the recognition process, MQRIC has launched a new online system, funded through the ESF Project 1.227 ‘Making Quality Visible’, whereby the recognition statement can be downloaded directly from our website. In view of this, MQRIC is no longer accepting applications face-to-face or via email.
In order to check whether your qualification is recognised, you need to follow the below steps.
Step 1: A qualification might already have been recognized or compared with a particular MQF Level. MFHEA maintains an online register of accredited further and higher educational institutions and recognized courses. If such qualification is listed in the List of Already Accredited Courses it means that it is recognized and there is no need to submit an application for the assessment of a qualification.
Step 2: If a qualification is provided by self-accrediting institutions, all qualifications issued by them are obliged to feature the MQF level on the certificate. Any other institution accredited in Malta offering home grown courses is also obliged to provide the relevant MQF level of the qualification on the certificate, apart from the obligation of informing the student of such level before any course is taken up.
Requests for the reissue of statements will only be considered if the qualification has been reviewed again since September 2016 and included on the new online database. A €2 posting charge applies. Bank charges may also be applicable. All other qualifications not recently reviewed will require to be verified anew and a new application will need to be submitted.
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MQRIC can be reached on Freephone 153 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further clarifications.
All information related to submitting an application with the MQRIC for the recognition of qualifications can be accessed from here.
The process of evaluation of a submitted qualification is dependent on information received from MQRIC’s counterparts in the country of issue of the qualification being analyzed. MQRIC does not determine itself what level rating a qualification must be given but refers to what is the established level rating awarded by the competent authorities in the country of issue. Consequently, MQRIC is dependent on the speed of reply of its international partners.
The MFHEA is specifically tasked with the duty of recognizing qualifications and level rating them. It does not concern itself with entry criteria for job positions as this is the exclusive remit of the employer. Any information must consequently be sought from the potential employer or entity with who you are seeking to work.