The main purpose of the
project BRIDGE - Best Recognition
Instruments for the Dialogue between Global Experts is to strengthen
cooperation among the Erasmus Mundus National Structures and the NARIC, ENIC and MERIC Centres.
The five partners
participating in the Bridge Project work both as Erasmus Mundus National
Structures and as NARIC Centres:
The idea for the Bridge
Project came after acknowledging that very often credential evaluation centres,
such as the NARIC, ENIC and MERIC Centres, are not familiar with the specific
elements of joint courses and qualifications and of Erasmus Mundus ones as
During the life of a
joint course, three phases have been identified when issues related to
recognition and to differences between HE systems arise:
- programme creation: in
this phase, it is necessary to consider the differences among various H.Ed.
systems at international level;
- student recruitment:
students’ selection follows criteria based on the evaluation of their
qualification and on the status of the awarding institution;
- qualification award:
when a double, multiple or joint degree is awarded and the Diploma Supplement
is issued, it is necessary to comply with the different national regulations on
joint programmes and joint degrees.
Considering the needs
described above, the aims of the BRIDGE project are:
- to enhance the dialogue
between the Network of Erasmus Mundus National Structures and the NARIC
- to assess the ENIC and
MERIC Centres’ level of knowledge about the Erasmus Mundus Programme and to
study real cases of EM qualification evaluations carried out in the centres;
- to provide practical
tools and useful suggestions to EM consortia in the field of recognition;
- support credential
evaluation centres, HE institutions, as well as employers to understand the
features of joint courses, their quality and the precise value of the final
qualification (both for academic and professional purposes).
The project was funded in
the framework of Action 3 of the Erasmus Mundus Programme and it ended in 2012.