The European Recognition Manual for Higher Education Institutions

of foreign degrees and studies abroad. Second edition ...... For higher education, three such levels (bachelor's, master's and doctorate) are now commonly used ...
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The  European  Recognition  Manual   for   Higher  Education  Institutions  


Practical  guidelines     for  credential  evaluators     and  admissions  officers   to  provide  fair  and  flexible  recognition   of  foreign  degrees  and  studies  abroad     Second  edition  2016  


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Usage     This   manual   is   designed   to   assist   and   enable   credential   evaluators   and   admissions   officers   in   higher   education   institutions   to   practise   fair   recognition   according   to   the   principles   of   the   Lisbon   Recognition   Convention   (LRC)   –   the   regulatory   framework   for   international   academic   recognition   in   the   European   region.  The  scope  of  this  manual  is  thus  mainly  on  recognition  for  the  purpose  of   obtaining  access  to  higher  education  (academic  recognition).     The   manual   offers   a   practical   translation   of   the   principles   of   the   LRC,   advocating   a   flexible   recognition   methodology   that   focuses   on   the   question   of   whether   students   are   likely   to   succeed   in   their   studies.   Therefore,   this   manual   is   useful   for  any  credential  evaluator  or  admissions  officer  who  wishes  to  enrol  students   that  have  qualifications  matching  their  institution’s  programme  requirements,  in   order  to  contribute  to  the  overall  quality  of  the  programme  and  to  the  success   rate  of  the  students.     In  principle  this  manual  can  be  used  by  credential  evaluators  from  all  countries   that   are   party   to   the   LRC   (mainly   European   countries   and   some   from   North   America,   Asia   and   Oceania)   and   further   by   countries   from   other   regional   recognition  conventions  that  are  based  on  the  principles  of  the  LRC  (such  as  the   Asian  Pacific  and  African  regions).     It   should   also   be   noted   that   the   recommendations   in   this   manual   are   written   from   the   perspective   of   the   European   Higher   Education   Area   (EHEA)   and   are   therefore   most   useful   for   credential   evaluators   from   the   47   countries   of   the   EHEA.     It   is   acknowledged   that   users   of   this   manual   may   have   different   levels   of   experience   in   credential   evaluation.   Thus   this   manual   may   be   used   in   different   ways,   for   example   as   a   quick   reference   guide,   as   an   introduction   to   the   fundamental  concepts  of  recognition  or  as  a  training  tool.     It   is   the   intention   of   the   authors   that   this   manual   will   foster   a   fair   recognition   culture  and  support  quality  enhancement  in  recognition  procedures  according  to   the  principles  of  the  LRC.