#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.
@NARIC - Supporting the ENIC-NARIC Social Media and Communication Strategy
Maintain and develop the joint ENIC-NARIC website, 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.
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 Venice, 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
ARENA - Refugees and Recognition – Toolkit 3
As a natural prosecution of the projects Refugees & Recognition and REACT, ARENA aims at enhancing recognition practises for refugees’ qualifications, updating and adapting the existing ones in relation to other national contexts. The release of new Refugees Country Briefings will respond to the information needs of the recognition national centres and the higher education institutions. Particular attention will be given to the Italian case and the use of EQPR as a supporting document for the refugees’ access to universities, especially in case of scarce documentation.
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.
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.
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 participated in the development of the activities and the final results.
DigiNet – Digital innovations in credential evaluation and the networks
The project Digital Innovations in Credential Evaluation and the Networks (DigiNet) aims at supporting the
implementation of efficient and transparent digitization strategies for credential evaluation.
This will lead to faster and more consistent recognition practices, fostering automatic recognition and
less paperwork for applicants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 conceptualised and coordinated the project.
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.
I-AR – Implementation of automatic recognition in the networks
The I-AR project aims at supporting the process of implementation of automatic recognition within the ENIC-NARIC centres, mainly by updating the EAR Manual and reviewing the ENIC-NARIC centres’ recognition procedures starting from the existing good practices. A practical approach will be used in order to offer a concrete support to relevant stakeholders, especially HEIs.
I-COMPLY – Implementation of LRC COMPLIant recognition practices in the EHEA
The project Implementation of LRC Compliant Practices in the EHEA (I-Comply) aimed to improve compliance with
the Lisbon Recognition Convention through strengthening national, institutional recognition structures.
Three Peer Learning Activities are organised to share practices on the issues of recognition,
automatic recognition and access to higher education for refugees.
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.
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.
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.
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 conceived 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.
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.
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.
SeARch ENGINE - Strengthening Educational and AwaReness Campaign in Automatic Recognition for Higher Education Institutions – Engage – Inform – Implement
The project mainly aims at improving the awareness and the knowledge on the topic of automatic recognition, not only among Higher Education Institutions, but also among students from countries of the European Education Area (EEA). In order to meet the purpose, a series of seminars and webinar will be realized and addressed to institutions, policymakers and other stakeholders working in the field. They will be recorded and make accessible on internet to allow a broader reference.
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
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.