Created on 11 July 2018

In Prague, the Czech Republic, at the premises of the Charles University, on 17-19 June 2018, the 25th Joint Meeting of the ENIC/NARIC networks was held. The most countries, members of the ENIC/NARIC networks have their representatives at the Meeting.

25 Joint ENIC NARIC Meeting Prague 17-19 June 201825 Joint ENIC NARIC Meeting Prague 17-19 June 2018 2After welcome and opening remarks, the meeting started with a very important topic related to a social responsibility of higher education institutions. Student should have learning outcomes concerning personal and social responsibility and this should be a major focus of student education. This can be achieved through a developmental curricular design. Although this topic is far away from the recognition, in the near future this can be a realistic item for credential evaluators, challenging recognition of qualifications with social dimensions incorporated in them. Beside this, in the morning session, the challenges of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and Bologna process were discussed especially in the light of the Paris Communique. It was pointed out that quality assurance is a key in developing mutual trust as well as increasing mobility and fair recognition of qualifications and study periods throughout the Euroepan Higher Education Area (EHEA).

In the afternoon session, between others, the quality assurance in the networks were discussed. It was pointed out that the quality assurance improves own practices and services of ENIC/NARIC networks, creates more convergence within the networks and even more, the networks become more relevant in the European Higher Education Area. Experiences of some ENIC/NARIC centres related to their participation in the SQUARE project: A Quality Assurance System for the ENIC-NARIC networks were presented. A relation between the recognition and quality assurance was also discussed. It was highlighted that the recognition and quality assurance are the core of the Bologna cooperation.

The second day started with several workshops which helped participants to acquire knowledge of different aspects of recognition.

The last session was dedicated to the current situation concerning the Global Convention, a report about recognition of qualifications of refugees as well as the European Qualifications Passport for Refugess. An initiative of the European University Association (EUA) on refugees' inclusion in higher education was also presented.

The next annual meeting will be held in Cologne, Germany, from 16 to 18 June 2018.