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1 current practicies in the recognition of qualifications awarded by joint programmes Hanna Reczulska Graz, 11 June 2010

2 ENIC-NARIC Networks ENIC European Network of National Information Centres on academic recognition and mobility -established by the Council of Europe and UNESCO -provides information on the recognition of foreign qualifications, education systems, opportunities for studing abroad NARIC National Academic Recognition Information Centres -established by the European Commission -aims at improving the academic recognition of qualifications and periods of study in the Member States of the EU, EEA and associated countries -component of the Lifelong Learning programme 55 centres ENIC-NARIC centres

3 ENIC-NARIC survey Focus group: Carita Blomqvist, NARIC Finland Erwin Malfroy, NARIC Flanders Hanna Reczulska, NARIC Poland Gunnar Vaht, NARIC Estonia Elizabeth Zamorano, NARIC France Axel Aerden, NVAO Mark Frederiks, NVAO, TEAM II coordinator Survey questions based on: Recommendation on the Recognition of Joint Degrees (2004) Recommendation on Criteria and Procedures for the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications (2001)

4 survey results carried out among ENIC-NARIC centres ( ) 25 respondents: Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, The Netherlands, UK, USA 6 anonymous

5 types of qualifications How many of them were joint qualifications? -2 ENIC-NARICs – 100% -6 ENIC-NARICs – <50% -100%) -7 ENIC-NARICs – (0% - 5%> -4 ENIC-NARICs – 0% - 1 ENIC-NARIC - ? cases answersrespond. a joint qualification issued in addition to one or more national qualifications most common1 least common4 a joint qualification issued by the institutions offering the study programme in question without being accompanied most common12 least common2 One or more national qualifications issued officially as the only attestation of the joint qualification in question most common4 least common7

6 experienced ENIC-NARICs: how they deal with the following cases

7 legislation

8 assessment procedure



11 quality assurance & institutional recognition


13 main problems according to respondents unclear status of the awarding body (consortium or number of HEIs) and agreement on which cooperation is based ascertaining that the program is formally agreed to and recognized by the participating institutions and their respective accrediting/QA bodies. status of institutions, status of qualification in different countries when one of the institutions associated to a joint programme is not recognised ( the institution or the programme) some institutions seem to award degrees they are not allowed to award

14 main problems according to respondents insufficient information about joint programmes (dont see any /problems/ except making sure that we get the information needed) lack of appropriate legal provisions in the national legislation compatibility of qualification with national regulations of the countries concerned no problems in case national qualification from any country is awarded. If not, recognition is more difficult and not possible in some cases (e.g. regulated professions) we do not see significant difference between recognition of joint or non-joint degrees

15 ENIC-NARIC workshop 7 cases (joint qualifications) - 5 real cases, 7 samples of documents - 4 Erasmus Mundus Programmes - recognised institutions involved in the programmes good practice and not so good practice workshop outcomes: - recognition refused (1 case) - recognition could be considered (6 cases) but participants would ask for: - additional information (4 cases) and/or - a national qualification (2 cases)

16 ENIC-NARIC workshop formal requirements (e.g. who should sign the diploma?) content of the qualification (e.g. counting of credits, degree…) the diploma supplement / transcript did not provide the necessary information joint qualification was not awarded in accordance with national legislation of one of the participating countries

17 concluding remarks legal issues seem to be serious obstacles - organisation of joint programmes - recognition of joint qualifications - regulated professions some institutions use joint programmes to escape national legislation need for information - lack of adequate and transparent information the necessary information is not always provided by the qualification, diploma supplement, transcript responsibility for recognition of qualifications awarded by joint programmes lies with the institutions that offer the joint programme

18 Thank you for attention!

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