Created on 17 July 2017
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More than 135 participants from 46 countries were in Copenhagen, to attend the 24th ENIC-NARIC Networks annual joint meeting on 25-27 June 2017. Three representatives of the Centre for Information and Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education were also part of this very important meeting. The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Science (Danish ENIC-NARIC Centre) was the host of the meeting.

After the opening remarks as well as welcoming remarks from the Danish hosts participants were invited to get to know their colleagues from the Networks through networking activities. The next theme of the meeting was the 4th industrial revolution, and how it may affect the work of the ENIC-NARIC Networks but also recognition in general. After two presentation about this topic, participants joined smaller groups to further discuss the following themes: The Groningen Declaration Network – Impact and importance for the ENIC-NARIC Networks, Safer and smoother recognition practices – Examples of good practice from the Networks on the digitalising the recognition process and How to evaluate "new forms of learning", MOOCS, badges, international degrees, etc. (PARADIGMS, RENSA project).

In the afternoon session the six new members to the ENIC Bureau and NARIC Advisory Board for a two year term were elected. After that, participants were invited to join 1 out of 5 workshops, to support capacity building in the ENIC NARIC Networks:

  • Country presentation on Eritrea and Nigeria,
  • FRAUDOC handbook on document fraud for credential evaluators,
  • Mini mock application – promoting wider participation in the NARIC Call,
  • Bologna-compliant bachelor degrees: the U.S. vs European Perspective,
  • Recognition challenges in the MERIC region.
  • Country presentation on Eritrea and Nigeria,
  • FRAUDOC – Fifty shades of recognition. The grey spectrum between recognized HEIs and Diploma Mills,
  • Substantial differences – Nordic examples,
  • Bologna – pre-Bologna degrees,
  • Automatic recognition and portability of recognition decisions.

The second rCopenhagen 24th Meeting of the ENIC-NARIC Networksound of workshops was related to new challenges ahead for recognition. The participants could choose the following themes:

Within the workshops Bologna – pre-Bologna degrees, the representative of the Centre presented had a presentation related to current situation related to the academic recognition of pre-Bologna degrees in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thereby, he highlighted the ongoing STINT project related to development of the academic recognition model at public higher education institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The second day started with an update on activities related to qualifications held by refugees. Various initiatives and peer-learning activities have been put in place over the past years related to recognition. Some Web pages providing an insight into some of those updates:

Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee Statement on refugees: http://www.enic-naric.net/…/LRCC_Statement_on_the_recogniti…

Council of Europe: http://www.coe.int/…/education/recognition-of-refugees-qual…

European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/…/migration/higher-education-refugees_en

ENIC-NARIC Networks: http://www.enic-naric.net/recognise-qualifications-held-by-…

#ENIC_NARIC #qualification #recognition #refugees #WelcomeRefugees

Within this theme inshight into pilot Project on Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees was provided.

After this theme the Oxford debate: Should ENIC NARIC centers apply and follow the Standards and Guidelines within the ENIC/NARIC networks was held.

Before the closing remarks, the global and inter-regional cooperation were discussed. UNESCO is currently supporting efforts on a new Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications. A drafting Committee was established in consultation with its member states whom produced an initial draft Convention text.

The next 25th meeting will be held next year in Prague, the Czeck Republic.