129 Undergraduate Programs at 39 Universities Earn Right to Have TQF
and EQF Logos on Diplomas
December 23, 2021
The Turkish Qualifications Framework Board added the qualifications of 129
undergraduate programs at 39 universities to the database of the Turkish
Qualifications Framework (TQF) for the first time in the history of Turkish
higher education. Thus, 129 undergraduate programs gained the right to have
the Turkish Qualifications Framework (TQF) and European Qualifications
Framework (EQF) logos on their diplomas. The students who will graduate
from these programs will have their diplomas recognized faster abroad, will
have more employment opportunities, and horizontal and vertical student
mobility will be made easier for them.
- A first in Turkish higher education
The TQF Board decided to add the qualifications of 129 undergraduate
programs at 39 universities to TQF for the first time on December 21, 2021.
The quality assurance of the learning outcomes of 129 higher education
programs that were added to TQF was approved by YÖKAK and presented to the
Council of Higher Education.
As a result of the 129 diploma programs sent to the TQF Board with the
decision of the Council of Higher Education, they were added to the TQF
database with the approval of the TQF Board, and these programs were
entitled to use the TQF and EQF logos on their diplomas.
- What kind of privileges will diplomas with TQF and EQF logos have?
The graduates of 129 diploma programs in Turkey will have mutual
recognition of their higher education and upper secondary education with
internship qualifications and achievements of their study periods abroad.
In line with the directive on the recognition of professional
qualifications in the EU, these logos will enable professionals to practice
their profession by enabling their cross-border movement or be employed
abroad. In accordance with the Lisbon Treaty, it will allow the recognition
of academic qualifications in and outside of Europe.
- The Structure of the TQF Board
The TQF Board consists of representatives of labor and employer unions,
professional organizations and relevant non-governmental organizations,
especially the Council of Higher Education and the Ministry of National
Education, under the coordination of the Vocational Qualifications
Authority (VQA) to carry out all relevant technical studies and to ensure
the quality assurance of qualifications.
TQF refers to the national qualifications framework, which is designed to
be compatible with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and shows
all the qualifications gained through vocational, general and academic
education and training programs and other learning paths, including
primary, secondary and higher education.
- Which countries are included in the EQF?
The European Qualifications Framework (EQF), on the other hand, is defined
as an eight-level learning outcomes-based framework for all types of
qualifications that serves as a translation tool between different national
qualifications frameworks. This framework helps improve transparency,
comparability and portability of diplomas and certificates of individuals
and makes it possible to compare qualifications from different countries
In addition to the EU Member States, another 11 countries work towards
implementing the EQF, namely Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (European
Economic Area countries), Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and
Turkey (candidate countries), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo (potential
candidates) and Switzerland.
Diploma-granting programs, whose accreditation works have been completed by
the TQF Board, which have completed the harmonization period with the EQF,
are entered in the TQF Database and gained the right to use the TQF and EQF
Click here for universities and programs whose qualifications were added to