Baltic recognition agreement
in Tallinn Feb 18, 2000
on the Academic Recognition of Educational Qualifications in the Baltic Educational Space
Desiring to enable all people of the Baltic States to benefit fully from the study opportunities in any of the States,
Considering that the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in the European Region adopted in Lisbon on 11 April 1997, (hereinafter "the Lisbon Convention"), should be fully implemented in order to strengthen the Baltic common educational space and to stimulate the academic recognition as well as the mobility of students and teaching staff among the Republic of Latvia, Republic of Estonia and Republic of Lithuania,
Considering that a follow-up to the ratification of the Lisbon Convention in the Baltic States in a form of Agreement regulating the recognition of the concrete educational qualifications among the Baltic States is desirable,
the Government of the Republic of Latvia, the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania hereinafter referred to as "Parties" agree upon the following:
Article 1. DEFINITIONS
For the purposes of this Agreement, the following terms shall have the following meaning:
Assessment (of individual qualifications)
The written appraisal or evaluation of an individuals foreign qualifications by a competent authority.
Access (to higher education)
The right of qualified applicants to apply and to be considered for admission to higher education.
Admission (to higher education Institutions and programmes)
The act of, or system for, allowing qualified applicants to pursue studies in higher education at a given institution and/or a given programme.
All types of courses of study, or sets of courses of study, training or training for research at the post secondary level which are recognised by the relevant authorities of a Party as belonging to its higher education system.
Higher education institution
An establishment providing higher education and recognised by the competent authority of a Party.
Higher education programme
A course of study recognised by the competent authority of a Party as belonging to its system of higher education, and the completion of which provides the student with a higher education qualification.
Period of study
Any component of a higher education programme which has been evaluated and documented and, while not a complete programme of study in itself, represents a significant acquisition of knowledge or skill.
A. Higher education qualification
Any degree, diploma or other certificate issued by a competent authority attesting the successful completion of a higher education programme.
B. Qualification giving access to higher education
Any diploma or other certificate issued by a competent authority attesting the successful completion of an education programme and giving the holder of the qualification the right to be considered for admission to higher education (cf. the definition of access).
A formal acknowledgement by a competent authority of the value of a foreign educational qualification with a view to access to educational and/or employment activities.
Article 2. BASIC PRINCIPLES
1) The Baltic States the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter, States) agree to recognise each others higher education qualifications and qualifications giving access to higher education unless there is an evidence of substantial differences.
2) This Agreement shall deal with the qualifications awarded after completion of study programmes, which are recognised in the home country.
3) A higher education qualification or a qualification providing access to higher education shall give its holder the same rights in the other Parties as it gives in the State in which it has been awarded.
Article 3. SECONDARY EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS GIVING ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATIONIN THE BALTIC COMMON EDUCATIONAL SPACE
The Parties shall recognise the following qualifications giving access to higher education studies in the Baltic States:
Qualifications issued in the Republic of Latvia:
1) Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību (certificate of General secondary education)
2) Diploms par vidējo speciālo izglītību (diploma of Secondary specialised education)
3) Diploms par arodizglītību (Diploma of vocational education), if the duration of programme is 4 years
4) Diploms par vidējo profesionālo izglītību (diploma of secondary professional education) starting from year 2000.
Qualifications issued in the Republic of Estonia:
1) Gūmnaasiumi lõputunnistus (Secondary school leaving certificate)
2) Lõputunnistus kutse- ja keskhariduse omandamise kohta (Upper-secondary vocational school leaving certificate)
3) Lõputunnistus keskerihariduse omandamise kohta (Post-secondary professional school leaving certificate).
The qualifications 1 3 are only valid together with Riigieksamitunnistus (State Examination Certificate) as the access qualifications.
Qualifications issued in the Republic of Lithuania:
1) Brandos atestatas (maturity certificate).
Article 4. SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND ADMISSION TO HIGHER EDUCATION STUDIES
The admission to the higher education programme in question may require fulfilment of specific requirements:
specific subjects to be successfully completed by the applicant at the secondary education level,
specific previous training or ability.
If fulfilment of such specific requirements is a precondition for admission of applicants from their own country, the same requirements may be applied for the applicants from the other States.
Article 5.RECOGNITION OF THE FIRST ACADEMIC DEGREESFOR FURTHER STUDIES
The Latvian Bakalaura grāds , the Estonian Bakalaureusekraad and the Lithuanian Bakalauro laipsnis give equal access to further studies towards Maģistra grāds in Latvia, Magistrikraad in Estonia and Magistro laipsnis in Lithuania.
The same conditions apply for access to professional study programmes that have the first academic degrees as the entrance requirement.
In the case if the first degree in one of the States is awarded after a three-year study programme and the studies towards this degree do not include final thesis, the higher education institutions in the other States may impose additional requirements before admission of the holder to further studies.
Article 6. RECOGNITION FOR ADMISSION TO DOCTORAL STUDIES
The Latvian Maģistra grāds , the Estonian Magistrikraad and the Lithuanian Magistro laipsnis or equivalent higher education qualifications which provide access to doctoral studies in the State where they were awarded, give equal access to further studies towards Doktora grāds in Latvia, Doktorikraad in Estonia and Daktaro laipsnis in Lithuania.
Article 7. RECOGNITION OF DOCTORAL DEGREES
Each State shall recognise the doctoral degrees awarded in other States. Parties will take measures in order to give the holders of doctoral degrees from other States the same rights to pursue academic and research activities they have in the country in which the doctoral degree was awarded.
Article 8. ACADEMIC RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATIONS AWARDED