Created on 31 March 2020

Within the EPER (Effective Partnership for Enhanced Recognition) project, in Zagreb, Republic of Croatia, on 6 March 2020, the workshop Achieving a Common Understanding of Automatic Recognition in the EHEA was held. Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic Croatia, as the leader of the Project, as well as ENIC/NARIC centre of Croatia, Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and higher education institutions in Croatia, attended the workshop.

EPER Project Zagreb Workshop Academic Recognition Procedures 06 03 2020 2The aim of the workshop was to help higher education institutions to develop and improve their internal procedures of academic recognition of higher education qualifications what includes more consistent and transparent procedures, automatic recognition, recognition of qualifications of persons with insufficient documentation and the quality assurance of the recognition procedure. Representatives of the NARIC centre of Netherlands (NUFFIC) run the workshop and at the beginning, they presented results of the FAIR project, in which representatives of 6 ENIC/NARIC centres took part, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Netherlands, as well as 22 universities from these countries. The aim of the project was to improve academic recognition procedures at these 22 universities, that is a possibility of automatic recognition between them. After the end of the project, general recommendations were published at the European level as well as for higher education institutions in these countries.

EPER Project Zagreb Workshop Academic Recognition Procedures 06 03 2020An analysis of the academic recognition procedures in Croatia was presented, based on the online survey sent to all higher education institutions before the workshop. The result of analysis has shown that although in practice the procedures exist, they are not followed to a greater or lesser extent with appropriate internal procedures at higher education institutions. Additionaly, procedures are not always available to applicants, and if they are available they are not in English.

After that, two peer sessions were held with topics concerning academic recognition procedures, availability of information to applicants, academic recognition procedures of non-formal education and informal learning, persons with insufficient documentation including refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation, as well as a quality assurance system in academic recognition procedures.

Representatives of the Centre for Information and Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education of Bosnia and Herzegovina presented the results of the STINT project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and generally, thanks to the STINT project, academic recognition procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina are harmonized with the Lisbon Recognition Convention, although additional training of academic officers at higher education institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina are needed.

In the coming period, it is expected additional workshops within the EPER project, while a schedule will depend on the situation with the COVID-19 virus.