Recognition of qualifications
#NARIC - Developing and maintaining the ENIC-NARIC website

Development, management and maintenance of the joint ENIC and NARIC networks website, a website which centralises recognition information centres of the 55 countries belonging to the Europe – North America UNESCO Region, supervised by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. The #NARIC project is the follow-up of the previous ENIC-NARIC WEB and MEETWEB projects. CIMEA conceptualised and coordinated the project. CIMEA has managed the ENIC-NARIC website since 2012.

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@NARIC - Supporting the ENIC-NARIC Social Media and Communication Strategy

Maintain and develop the joint ENIC-NARIC website (www.enic-naric.net), a website which centralises recognition information centres of the 55 countries belonging to the Europe – North America UNESCO Region, under the supervision of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. The project also aims to supporting the adoption of a social media and communication strategy by ENIC-NARIC centres to ensure their visibility and reach all the interested stakeholders. CIMEA conceptualised and coordinated the project.

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AdReN - Automatic Recognition In the Adriatic Region

Support the achievement of the objectives of the European Higher Education Area by implementing the automatic recognition in the Adriatic region. AdReN aims at implementing a table of comparison of Pre-Bologna and Bologna qualifications in partner countries, together with the realization of a comparative study of the different higher education systems in the region. A secretariat of the network will be set at the IUAV University in Vernice, which will guarantee the sustainability of the project after its lifetime.


AR-Net - Automatic Recognition in the Networks in 2020

The goal of AR-Net is to develop and promote instruments that support Automatic Recognition in the EHEA. AR-net wishes to contribute to Automatic Recognition (AR) from four different angles: experimenting with the implementation of AR in a number of ENIC-NARIC centres, resulting in recommendations; producing a Policy Paper on the Portability of Recognition Decisions; updating and promoting existing recognition tools: EAR-HEI, EAR (e)manuals and STREAM admissions platform; strengthening the quality assurance of the ENIC-NARIC Networks.

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CIME-A-TeaM - CIMEA against the mills - How to spot and counter diploma mills 

Publication of the English language guide dedicated to the so-called Diploma Mills phenomenon, including 50 concrete examples of institutions operating in this sector. CIMEA conceptualised and coordinated the project.

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CIMEA-MaCLaude - Magna cum Laude - Worldwide Database on university grading systems

Creation of the database on the various grading systems in place in the academic field in 100 Countries, for the most part referring to non-European systems and the publication of an English language guide with information on grading systems and qualification conversion systems. CIMEA conceptualised and coordinated the project. 

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DEQAR - Database of External Quality Assurance Results

Development of a database that will enhance access to reports and decisions on higher education institutions/programmes externally reviewed against the ESG, by an EQAR-registered agency. CIMEA has been a project partner and has paricipated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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DigiRec - Connecting digital exchange of student data to recognition

Support learning mobility in the EHEA as it ties in with digital developments to speed up the recognition procedure for international students. DigiRec explores the connection between digitalization and recognition, creating awareness about the possible impact of digitalization on recognition practice and contributing to the development of a shared vision. The outcomes of DigiRec and in particular the White Paper on the connection between digital exchange of student data and recognition can assist the networks and individual centres to develop policy on this important topic, and to be better prepared for the ongoing digitalization. CIMEA has been a project partner and has participated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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EQPR - European Qualifications Passport for Refugees

In 2018, the project, conceived by the Council of Europe, has been adapted to Italy and funded by the Ministry of Education, University and Research. The project has a three-year duration and takes place at Italian HEIs under the coordination of CIMEA. Cooperation with higher education institutions was strongly desired because the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees, that is issued in case the assessment is successful, is a tool that can be used in the enrolment procedures for refugees who, having achieved a qualification, do not have documents to prove it.
Partners now include the ENIC centres of Italy, Armenia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.

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EU-MTR - Enhancing the use of mobility tools for recognition

Increasing the knowledge and the use of instruments of transparency helpful during the recognition and evaluation procedures, such as the European Qualifications Framework, Europass documents, the Diploma Supplement and the ECTS system. CIMEA has been a project partner and has participated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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FAIR - Focus on Automatic Institutional Recognition

Verification of the recognition procedures and methodologies implemented in 23 higher education institutions in six European countries, with a view to analyse and incentivate “automatic recognition” policies between member countries of the European Higher Education Area and to produce helpful guidelines to achieve such goals. CIMEA has been  a project partner and has participated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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FRAUDOC - Guidelines on Diploma Mills and Document Fraud for Credential Evaluators

Creation of two manuals in English: one dedicated for qualification evaluators in relation to the Diploma Mills phenomenon, while the other is dedicated exclusively to the ENIC-NARIC centres and refers to the counterfeiting of qualifications, to the techniques and tools used in this area and the verification tools used in determining the genuine nature of the qualifications. Both publications will be supported by concrete examples of qualifications and institutions. CIMEA conceptualised and coordinated the project.

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FraudSCAN - False Records, Altered University Diploma Samples Collection and Alert for NARICs

Provision of two main instruments in order to fight the use of fraudulent qualifications:

- A database of fraudulent qualifications that will collect the scan copies of fraudulent qualifications received by ENIC-NARIC centres, allowing users to compare the fraudulent qualification with the authentic one.

- Guidelines to establish an Alert Mechanism among ENIC-NARIC centres and testing its implementation.

CIMEA conseptualised and coordinated the project.

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FraudS+ - False Records, Altered Diploma and Diploma Mills Qualifications Collection

Improvement of the existing FraudSCAN database, containing samples of fraudulent academic titles. The project foresees the involvement of students. Through questionnaires addressed to student unions, an analysis will be carried out on the knowledge of the phenomenon, in order to design useful tools for the promotion of the fight against fraud in the academic field. FraudS+ promotes dialogue on the issue of fraudulent academic qualifications also with policy makers, higher education institutions and relevant stakeholders.

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Q-ENTRY - International Database on Higher Education Entry Qualifications


Creation of an online database with the list of the final upper secondary school qualifications and more in general with the qualifications that in the national education system of reference give access to Higher Education.

The database will be available to the general public and will provide in a simple and standardised format all the relevant information concerning the upper secondary school qualifications giving access to higher education. CIMEA conceptualised and coordinated the project.

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qENTRY+ - International Database on Higher Education Entry Qualifications

Improvement of the existing Q-ENTRY database to foster the automatic recognition of qualifications giving access to higher education. The objective of qENTRY+ project is the implementation of the database both from a geographical and a quantitative point of view, together with the dissemination of the database itself as a tool for the promotion of automatic recognition for the access to university institutions. Guidelines to access higher education in partner countries will also be developed and published.

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REACT -Refugees and Recognition


The project builds on the completed Erasmus+ project "Refugees and Recognition", which developed a common methodological approach to the recognition of refugees’ qualifications. Taking this work a step further, the REACT-project will develop and test this methodology in major refugee-receiving countries and in cooperation with higher education institutions. The aim is to establish a more efficient and consistent approach to the recognition of refugees’ qualifications in Europe. CIMEA has been a project partner and participated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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Recognition of Refugees Qualifications. A pilot project

The aim of the project is to test the Qualifications Passport for Refugees conducting interviews with refugees in refugee camps who completed or partially completed studies at the level of upper secondary school and above, even with insufficient or missing documentation. The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees is a document providing an assessment of the higher education qualifications based on the available documentation and a structured interview. The document provides reliable information for the integration and progression towards employment and admission to further studies. The project is coceived by the Council of Europe and partners include the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and 4 ENIC-NARIC centres: CIMEA – NARIC Italia, NOKUT (Norwegian ENIC-NARIC centre), UK NARIC and DOATAP (Greek ENIC-NARIC centre). The UNHCR Office in Greece also supports the project.

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Refugees & Recognition: Toolkit for recognition of higher education for refugees, displaced persons and persons in refugee-like situation


Creation of useful tools finalized for recognition of qualifications held by refugees and, more in general, by persons not in possession of the documentation relative to the qualifications held necessary for recognition procedures. CIMEA has been a project partner and has participated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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SCAN-D & SCAN-D2 - Samples & Copies of Academic National Diplomas

Development of a database with examples of academic certifications (diplomas, exam certificates, certifications etc.) awarded by universities from the 24 countries participating in the project, for a total of over 3,000 examples of qualifications collected in only the first phase of the project: access to the database is restricted to ENIC-NARIC centres. CIMEA conceptualised and coordinated the project. 

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SQUARE - A Quality Assurance System for the ENIC-NARIC networks

Development of an evaluation system for the quality of the activities performed in ENIC-NARIC centres with a view to verifying the adherence of specific procedures to the criteria of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and to flag best practice developed in the individual centres. CIMEA participated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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STREAM - Streamlining Institutional Recognition: a training platform for admissions officers

Development of a platform and creation of an on-line course dedicated to higher education qualification evaluators, in line with the practices indicated in the EAR-HEI Manual, official Bologna Process tool developed by the EP-NUFFIC centre. CIMEA has been a project partner and has participated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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