The EQUAL-CLASS project studied qualifications in the field of mechatronics, electrical engineering/electronics that can be obtained in higher non-university VET institutions or comparable institutions in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Lithuania, and Portugal.

The qualifications were examined from three different perspectives: curricula, students and graduates. Additionally, the project investigates to what extent professional experience gained following the completion of a relevant qualification, and the recognition of non-formal/informal learning, enables individuals to achieve another – higher – qualification level in relation to the EQF/NQF (European Qualifications Framework/National Qualifications Framework).

The main outcomes of the project are:

Comparison of qualifications

in the field of mechatronics, electrical engineering/electronics regarding their learning outcomes in the NQFs/EQF based on the methodology developed by the ZOOM project.

Further elaborated ZOOM methodology

for objective and unambiguous description of qualifications with regard to their NQF/EQF classification.

Implementation of ‘Remote Laboratories’

i.e. online laboratories to remotely conduct real experiments, in order to assess students’ ‘real life’ skills and competences.

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Alumni survey

and comparison of graduates’ occupations and positions in the labour market.

Validation of non-formal and informal learning

research on taking relevant professional experience into account through validation and recognition of non-formal/informal learning (competences).


NEW: The EQUAL-CLASS project results have already been published. Click here to visit our 'Results' page.

The project poster below provides a comprehensive overview of the different perspectives of qualifications studied in the EQUAL-CLASS project (click on the poster to view it in full size or to download the poster).












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Target groups

EQUAL-CLASS studies engineering qualifications provided at higher non-university VET or comparable institutions. Target groups include national authorities responsible for qualifications in the field of mechatronics, electrical engineering/electronics, qualifications experts, EQF/NQF experts, teachers, students, professional associations, and education policy makers.

Duration of the project:
10/2012 – 10/2014