How well does automatic mutual reco­gni­ti­on of higher education qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons work in the EU?

This study analyses the mecha­nisms of automatic mutual reco­gni­ti­on of higher education qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons within the EU and explores the pos­si­bi­li­ties of a European reco­gni­ti­on system.

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Improving pro­ce­du­res for the automatic mutual reco­gni­ti­on of qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons in EU Member States is a cor­ner­s­tone on the way to a European education area. Learner mobility promotes the deve­lo­p­ment of key com­pe­ten­ces and expe­ri­en­ces that are crucial for active par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in society and the labour market. In the context of a glo­ba­li­sed education and employment envi­ron­ment it is crucial that students are able to make the best use of all learning oppor­tu­ni­ties across the EU.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) has com­mis­sio­ned ICF (BE), CHEPS (NL) and 3s to study the progress of the imple­men­ta­ti­on of the Council Recommendation on the promotion of automatic mutual reco­gni­ti­on of qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons acquired abroad and the outcomes of learning periods abroad in the EU27 Member States. In a first step, the study deals with an analysis of the imple­men­ta­ti­on of the Council Recommendation and ela­bo­ra­tes recom­men­da­ti­ons for future deve­lo­p­ment. In a further step, it will be explored whether and how the creation of a European reco­gni­ti­on as well as quality assurance system is possible. 3s is involved in various roles: Sigrid Mannsberger-Nindl is leading one of the two work packages, Julia Fellinger is the country coor­di­na­tor and is also inve­sti­ga­ting the situation in Austria and Germany, Karin Luomi-Messerer com­ple­ments the team as a policy analyst.

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Project: Study on the imple­men­ta­ti­on of the Council Recommendation on promoting automatic mutual reco­gni­ti­on of higher education and upper secondary education and training qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons and the outcomes of learning periods abroad and on the fea­si­bi­li­ty of a European Recognition and Quality Assurance System

Contact: Sigrid Mannsberger-Nindl

Mail to sigrid.mannsberger-nindl@3s.co.at

Client: Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC)

Duration: 12/2020 – 4/2023

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