Created on 14 January 2020

Sixth Regional Meeting of the ENIC/NARIC centre was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in the premises of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia. Regional meetings are organized every year with aim to exchange best practices, accurate and relevant current information on important issues in the area of recognition of foreign higher education qualification as well as well as an agreement about activities which should be conducted for solving some ongoing problems and establishment of communication with countries of the region not participating at these meetings yet.

Sixth Regional Meeting of ENIC-NARIC centres LjubljanaBeside ENIC/NARIC centre of Slovenia, which was an organizer and host the meeting, representatives of the Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (name defined by the UN Resolution 1244 from 1999).

The topics of the meeting were as follows:

1 Current challenges in the recognition procedures

Representatives of all centres presented the way how the recognition procedure of foreign qualifications is organized in their countries, including Kosovo, and then it was concluded that all centres make evaluation in the same manner. Some centres are recognition bodies issuing final decision while other issue an opinion or recommendation to the competent recognition bodies in thier countries. While Slovenian ENIC/NARIC centre, beside higher education qualification, is in charge of secondary qualifications, others are only responsible for higher education qualifications. It was discussed about the need for checking of qualifications' authenticity because of increasing numbers of fake qualifications detected.lately. The topis which will be a challenge in the future for all countries is the General Data protection Regulation (GDPR) in the recognition procedure.

2 Quality Assurance in Higher Education

As the main criterion in the recognition procedures of foreign higher education qualifications in all countries including Kosovo, accreditation of higher education institution, awarded qualifications, is considered. The country in which education was provided gives an accreditation to higher education institution. Qualification obtained only at accredited higher education institutions are recognized while in the case of Bosnia and Herzegovinait was pointed out that beside the accreditation, the institution is in the register of accredited higher education institutions maintain by the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Qualiry Assurance of BiH (HEA).

3 Fake diplomas and certificates

During the meeting it was highlighted that an increasing number of fake/fraudulent diplomas were detected lately.

Fake diploma represents fake credential not obtained at legal way where a person never attended classes neither obtained knowledge, skills and competences and finally never awarded by higher education institutions.

In the procedures of recognition, most of centres ask original documents to be seen while the ENIC/NARIC centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina in every single case checks the authenticity of qualification.

Checks of the authenticity of qualification are long lasting procedures so that the duration of recognition procedures depends on the speed at which information on validity of the qualification was obtained and sometimes it is not free of charge. ENIC/NARIC centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina participating in the work of ENIC/NARIC networks tries to collect information on authenticity as soon as possible using all communication tools,  networks available as well as contacts established with institutions abroad in order to increase the quality of recognition procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

4 Cooperation between ENIC/NARIC centres of the region

During the meeting it was discussed about bilateral and multilateral agreements on recognition and Slovenia expressed its entrance into a project of ENIC/NARIC centres of the Adriatic region (AdReN), already supported by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy and Albania, while a joining of Croatia is expected. It was concluded that such projects contribute significantly to a development of knowledge and skills in the work of ENIC/NARIC centres and consequently it is important to strengthen human capacity in all centres.

Taking into account everything discussed, all centres express their willingness to hold such meetings hoping and they hope that further meetings will be attended by the representatives of Serbia and Montenegro.

The place of next meeting will be agreed later.