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A new report on institutional recognition procedures published

12 July 2017

The FAIR project – Focus on Automatic Institutional Recognition – report has just been published and makes a wide range of recommendations to national authorities, ENIC-NARIC centres and higher education institutions.

They concern such issues as the quality assurance of recognition and admissions procedures, appeals mechanisms, the turnaround time of applications, and the provision of accurate and timely information to applicants. The recommendations are intended to foster full adherence to the Lisbon Recognition Convention and to promote a ‘recognition culture’ in which procedures are transparent, efficient and fair. 

The FAIR project was launched as a direct response to Bologna ministers’ determination to ‘remove outstanding obstacles hindering effective and proper recognition and […] to work together towards the automatic recognition of comparable academic degrees, building on the tools of the Bologna framework, as a long-term goal of the EHEA’ (Bucharest Communiqué, 2012).

EUA acted as external evaluator for the recognition and admissions procedures of 22 European higher education institutions who took part in this experimental project. The project was a continuation of EUA work in the field of recognition and its collaboration with ENIC-NARIC centres. In addition to FAIR, the projects have resulted in the European Area of Recognition Manual for Higher Education Institutions (the EAR-HEI Manual), the STREAM programme of online staff development for credit evaluators and admissions officers and – now in progress – the IMPACT project, set up to integrate a quality assurance capacity in ENIC-NARIC centres.

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