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 centralizes recognition information centres in 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 continuation of the previous ENIC-NARIC WEB and MEETWEB projects. 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 centralizes recognition information centres in the 55 countries belonging to the Europe – North America UNESCO Region, under the supervision of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. CIMEA has managed the ENIC-NARIC website since 2012.

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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:

1 - Experimenting with the implementation of AR in a number of ENIC-NARIC centres, resulting in recommendations;

2 - Produce a Policy Paper on the Portability of Recognition Decisions;

3 - Update and promote existing recognition tools: EAR-HEI, EAR (e)manuals and STREAM admissions platform;

4 - Strengthen 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 generated 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 generated and coordinated the project. 

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DEQAR - Database of External Quality Assurance Results

The main aim of the DEQAR project is the 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.

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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.

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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 is an official partner in the project and has participated in the development of the single 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 is an official partner of the project and has participated in the development of the single 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 generated 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.

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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.

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REACT - Refugees and Recognition


The project builds on the recently 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

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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 is an official partner of the project and has participated in the development of the single 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 generated 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 Convention and to flag best practice developed in the individual centres. CIMEA participated in the development of the single 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 is an official partner of the project and has participated in the development of the single 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. 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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