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.