The Lisbon Convention
This Lisbon Convention is an international agreement that means a secondary qualification gained in one country has the same status as an equivalent qualification gained in another.
The Convention was signed by most countries in Europe as well as New Zealand. It is now law in these countries. This agreement has greatly facilitated our ability to offer NZCSE overseas.
The Convention makes clear that achievement of a qualification based in one country (such as the New Zealand-based NZCSE) in another country (such as the UK) is equivalent to it being achieved in its ‘home’ country. That means that achievement of the NZCSE in the UK is the same as its achievement in New Zealand. This in turn means that a UK student can use the NZCSE to achieve entry into a UK university.
The NZCSE is a regulated and fully accredited secondary qualification in New Zealand, listed on the New Zealand Qualification Framework, which students have been using for several years to enter courses of study at New Zealand universities. On the basis of the Convention, they have also been achieving entrance to European universities.