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European Area of Recognition Manuals (EAR)

European Area of Recognition project (EAR project)

Project is part of the ongoing series of activities funded by the Life-Long Learning Programme of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, administered under the auspices of the Education, Audio-Visual and Culture Executive Agency. It represents a comprehensive effort to summarise the work of national and international work in furtherance of access to educational and work opportunities and international mobility since the signing in April, 1996 of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC).

Two manuals are issued as the result of the NARIC project European Area of Recognition:

 

European Area of Recognition Manual (EAR)

Publication of the EAR Manual represents a tremendous step forward in the context of pan-European and even global work to make information and decisions about the recognition of foreign qualifications better understood, more transparent, and fairer than before. It supports the policy aims of Life-Long Learning by providing a model for national recognition authorities, credential evaluators, and admissions and human resources staffs that flows across successive levels and types of education, training, and professional advancement. It is critical to have in place tools for ensuring that mobile students and workers can take their skills from country to country and move up the educational and professional ladders, and the EAR Manual does this. The Manual also supports the European policy goals related to cross-national mobility. Additionally, it supports the policy goals of ensuring quality at all levels of education by providing tested and proven guidance and references for evaluating providers and qualifications to ensure that they are legitimate.

The contents of the EAR Manual comprise a thorough review of the issues pertaining to international recognition, the processes used, best practice examples, and comprehensive references to additional sources of information and policy. This content reflects over 15 years of experience, policy development, and cooperation by the ENIC Network, the NARIC Network, and the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee. In addition, the Manual benefits from working closely with the Bologna Follow-Up Group and various organisations across Europe and throughout the world, including the Recognition Convention Committees of the other five global regions within the UNESCO Regional Network. The EAR Manual is thus not only an important tool for implementing European policies pertaining to recognition; it is also conscious of, and contributes to, the global dimension of recognition and mobility.

Today, the work of the ENIC and NARIC Networks is extensive and growing. What has been needed for some time is a comprehensive reference tool for recognition policies and practices that can serve to inform the public and stakeholders, to train new credential evaluation staff, to help Member States and policy leaders to understand the recognition process and to align national laws and procedures with European best practices, and to provide an iterative resource that can be revised as new issues and new solutions arise.

EAR Manual

 

The European Recognition Manual for Higher Education Institutions (EAR HEI)

The manual for the higher education institutions is another result of the NARIC project European Area of Recognition.

This EAR HEI manual is designed to assist and enable credential evaluators and admissions officers in higher education institutions to practise fair recognition according to the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) – the regulatory framework for international academic recognition in the European region. The scope of this manual is thus mainly on recognition for the purpose of obtaining access to higher education (academic recognition).

The manual offers a practical translation of the principles of the LRC, advocating a flexible recognition methodology that focuses on the question of whether students are likely to succeed in their studies. Therefore, this manual is useful for any credential evaluator or admissions officer who wishes to enrol students that have qualifications matching their institution’s programme requirements, in order to contribute to the overall quality of the programme and to the success rate of the students.

This manual is part of the NARIC project European Area of Recognition, one of the activities funded by the Life-Long Learning Programme of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, administered under the auspices of the Education, Audio-Visual and Culture Executive Agency. Project represents a comprehensive effort to summarise the work of national and international work in furtherance of access to educational and work opportunities and international mobility since the signing in April, 1996 of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC).

EAR HEI manual

 

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