SCHEMATIC OUTLINE OF THE RECOMMENDED PROCEDURE
FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF FOREIGN QUALIFICATION
(see graphic outline
In the following, a schematic outline will be given of the recommended
procedure for the assessment of foreign qualifications or periods of
study. This is intended as a summary checklist. In practice, the
sequence of the steps outlined may vary, or several steps may be taken
Receipt of the inquiry or application by the competent
Acknowledgement of receipt; information to the
applicant about procedures and criteria.
Proceed to step 2.
Verification of whether all necessary information is
gather further information from the applicant or higher education
proceed to step 3
Verification of whether the applicant's qualification
is authentic, and whether the documents submitted have in fact been
rightfully issued to the applicant. [In this the competent authority
may seek the assistance of the national information centre]
(i.e. the qualification is false): recognition refused.
proceed to step 4.
Verification of whether the institution and/or programme having issued
the qualification is recognized as belonging to a system of higher
education. In the case of transnational education,
verification of whether the awarding institution complies with the
principles stipulated in the UNESCO/Council of Europe Code of Good
Practice in the Provision of Transnational Education.
recognition would normally not be granted.
proceed to step 5.
Assessment of the foreign qualification, taking into
(i) the purpose for which recognition is sought;
(a) national laws
(b) international Conventions,
directives, Recommendations, good practice, etc.
(iii) past practice in similar cases;
the content of the qualification, to the
extent that this completes items (i) - (iii);
information and advice from other ENICs,
higher education institutions or other sources.
The assessment should seek to answer questions such as:
(a) are the differences in (targeted or achieved)
learning outcomes so substantial that the foreign qualification cannot
be fully recognised? If so, is it possible to grant alternative or
(b) are the differences in the further activities
for which the foreign and the home country qualifications prepare so
substantial that full recognition is not possible? If so, is
alternative or partial recognition possible?
(c) are the differences in key elements of the
programme leading to the qualification so substantial in relation to
similar programmes in the host country that full recognition cannot be
granted in view of the purpose for which recognition is sought? If
so, is alternative or partial recognition possible?
(d) is the quality of the programme or the
institution at which the qualification was earned so different from
similar programmes or institutions in the host country that full
recognition is not possible? If so, is alternative or partial
The assessment statement on the foreign qualification
is issued (the outcome of the assessment). Depending on national laws
and practice, this may take the form of:
(i) advice to another institution, which will then
make the decision;
(ii) a decision;
(iii) a statement to the applicant or to whom it
may concern (e.g. current or prospective employers, higher education
by (i) or (ii): recognition granted, applicant satisfied.
the reason(s) for the decision should be clearly stated and the
applicant informed of his or her possibilities for appeal.
The applicant may:
(a) accept the verdict;
(b) appeal the verdict.