Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Where does a UNSW Verified Certificate fit in the AQF?

Coursera says I can "... earn an official Verified Certificate from UNSW Australia". But where is the "Verified Certificate" in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)? TAFEs and RTOs usually issue Certificates I to IV and universities issue Postgraduate Certificates.

If a "Verified Certificate" is not a recognised Australian qualification, should UNSW be issuing these? Even if Australians understand that these are not real qualifications, overseas students may not. This could damage Australia’s reputation for well managed education, if students think they can get an Australian university qualification for $49.