CIMEA – Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence has performed since 1984 its specific activity of information and advicing on the procedures of qualifications recognition and on themes linked to Italian and international higher education and training.
The principal objective of CIMEA is to further academic mobility in all aspects, facilitating the understanding of the elements of the Italian system and of foreign superior education and training systems and sponsor the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention on qualiifcations recognition.
CIMEA owns an international document centre and specialised databases on foreign higher education systems, on the types of qualifications of every country and on the national legislation in terms of higher education. It supplies on average, via email, and free of charge, replies to around 10,000 enquiries on the theme of qualification recognition and evaluation every year, to Italian and foreign universities, university students, lecturers and researchers, international organizations, ministries, research institutes and Italian and foreign public bodies, institutions, companies and associations, Italian and European citizens, and citizens from all continents.
Principal institutional roles
In 1986 CIMEA was appointed by the then Ministry of Public Education as the official Italian centre dealing with the NARIC - National Academic Recognition Information Centres network of the European Union and the ENIC - European National Information Centres network of the Council of Europe and UNESCO.
As deliberated by Article IX.2 of the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Union, the Ministry of Education, University and Research - MIUR has entrusted CIMEA with the task of conducting the activities of National Information Centre concerning the procedures of qualification recognition currently in force in Italy, the Italian higher education system and the qualifications awarded at a national level.
As instructed by MIUR, CIMEA has been the sponsoring body of the Eurostudent survey in Italy and is the Italian representative of the European Eurostudent Network.
CIMEA performs the duties of Italian National contact point for the European Union Erasmus Mundus Programme.
Since 2012 CIMEA participates in the work of the Group of National Correspondents for Qualifications Frameworks (QF-EHEA) founded at the Council of Europe, representing Italy, and created and manages the Italian Qualifications Framework – QTI.
CIMEA was appointed by MIUR in 2009 to represent Italy inside the Information and Promotion Network (IPN) of the Bologna Process and participates in the network sponsored by the European Commission of the European Promotion and Mobility Agencies.
CIMEA was nominated as member of the Working group on the Recognition of qualifications held by refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation, working within the Council of Europe.
Finally, CIMEA participates in the work of the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Space, both on a national level collaborating with the national group of the Bologna Process Experts, and on an international level participating in work groups and initiatives sponsored by the Bologna Follow-up Group (BFUG).
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