Edition 179 - March 2016

Ep-Nuffic, updates manual for higher education on fair recognition for foreign studies

The second edition of the European Area of Recognition manual for Higher Education Institutions (EAR HEI), first published in 2012, is now available and includes valuable updates of several chapters, also featuring latest developments in the area of recognition.

The manual that sets out clear and coherent standards on all aspects of international recognition, serves as a reference tool for recognition offices in Europe to practice fair recognition and offers policy makers a resource for improving national strategy. Its second edition offers new insights by:

  • Providing a direct and practical response to the challenges and  expectations raised by politicians, policy makers, students, parents and employers all over the world.
  • Showing new pathways for the current migration crisis within Europe by outlining and detailing good practice for the recognition of qualification holders without documentation.
  • Addresses the need for a recognition manual specifically on recognition issues in higher education institutions and their internationalisation processes, providing examples of best practice covering the full range of recognition procedures, taking admissions officers and credential evaluators by the hand, guiding them through all the processes of recognition at institutional level.
  • The manual provides institutions with the perfect instrument with which to ensure that they are systematically meeting their legal obligations. Focusing on institutional policy makers, the manual’s practice-illustrations are aligned with the Bologna Ministers’ encouragement of higher education to bring recognition procedures into quality assurance and ensuring coherent institutional policies on recognition are based on the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

Viewing fair and smooth recognition as a pre-condition of mobility and as the basis of further cooperation in the European Higher Education Area, the manual remains relevant because of automatic recognition and because of the new European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) standard 1.4 that recommends to make accreditation part of the internal quality assurance procedure, where the manual offers good practice to achieve this.

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