European recognition networks
ENIC and NARIC
There are two networks of academic recognition information centres
in the European region.
The ENIC network of Council of Europe and UNESCO includes the national
information centres for academic recognition and mobility. ENIC centres exist in 42
countries of the UNESCO Europe region, including besides the geographical Europe also
Australia, Canada, Israel, USA and some non-European countries successors of the former
USSR. Establishing of national ENIC centres is
stipulated in the Lisbon recognition convention. The role and mandate of the ENIC network
and the individual ENIC centres is described in the following documents:
Terms of reference of the ENIC network and of the
individual ENIC centres
of ENIC centres in the implementation of Lisbon Convention
network is the EU network of national academic recognition information centres. It includes the NARIC centres of the EU member states and associated countries.
Normally each NARIC centre is at the same time an ENIC centre, but NARICs also have their
specific EU-related functions regarding recognition of qualifications and study credit
points within the SOCRATES programme and most of them also serve as contact points
providing information regarding the professional recognition under EU directives, see NARIC home page. NARIC network
maintains the NARIC Guide
to education systems of EU/EEA countries.
ENIC and NARIC networks
actively respond to the new developments. In recent years recognition networks have
established several working parties, which have addressed specific recognition issues and
prepared supplementary documents to Lisbon convention.