Created on 20 June 2019

Technical University Moldova was the host of the SPHERE Seminar concerning recognition of higher education qualifications. Higher Education Reform Experts and the National Erasmus+ offices of EU partner countries, as well as a representatives of BIH institutions, that is, Centre for Information and Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education, Ministry for Scientific and Technological Development Higher Education and Information Societyof the Republic of Srpska, the University of Sarajevo and National Erasmus+ Office in BiH attended the Seminar.

Moldova SPHERE Seminar June 2019 2Moldova SPHERE Seminar June 2019The Seminar was organized by the SPHERE team. The main reason for organization of this Seminar was the fact that this topic is critically important because without understanding the mechanisms of recognition, no international mobility strategies can be considered realistic at systematic or institutional level. Transparent and fair recognition procedures have become inevitable part of educational policies in Europe.

During the Conference the review of international recognition conventions was presented. It was highlighted that the Lisbon Recognition Convention is still a top convention, but other regions have done an additional efforts to achieve standards already implemented with the Lisbon Recognition Convention, which resulted in entering into force of Asia-Pacific Convention, while at the same time UNESCO is working on revitalizing other regional conventions. Moreover, the Global Convention will be adopted at the UNESCO General Conference at its 40th session which will be held in Paris in November 2019.

Discussing about the automatic recognition, the development in the European Higher Education Area was presented. Four different approaches related to this topic have been developed, legal bilateral and multilateral agreements, legally binding unilateral list of countries and qualifications, non-legal bilateral and multilateral agreements and "de facto" automatic recognition.

Another very important topic was recognition of professional qualifications especially in the context of the EU Directive 2005/36/EC and 2013/55/EU. These directives stipulate special requirements for 7 professions, that are: doctors of medicine, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, architects and veterinary surgeons which graduates should meet in order to finish their studies. Thus every country is invited to adapt their study programs for these 7 professions. Additionally, every EU country stipulates additional professions which need special requirements in order to carry out these professions.

The second day was dedicated to international credit mobility, challenges and obstacles in student mobility. During the presentations, it was pointed out that all credits gained abroad during the period of study abroad should be transferred without delay and counted in student’s degree without any additional work or assessment of the student.

Credits and grades in recognition procedures, recognition of prior learning including recognition of refugees’ qualifications, digitalization as a tool in recognition procedures were also themes which have been discussed.

At the end of the Seminar all attendees highlighted that the recognition is very important aspect of higher education and events with this topic should be considered in the future, especially those concerning professional qualifications.

More information about this event including speakers’ presentations and photos of the event can be found at the seminar website: