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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

Maintenance and development of 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.

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AdReN - Automatic Recognition In the Adriatic Region

The project aspires to support the fulfillment of the objectives of the European Higher Education Area by implementing 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.

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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: 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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ARENA - Refugees and Recognition – Toolkit 3

As a natural continuation of the projects Refugees & Recognition and REACT, ARENA aims at enhancing recognition practises for qualifications of refugees, as well as 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 for recognition 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.

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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

The project aims at the creation of a database containing the various grading systems in place in the academic field in 100 countries, referring for the most part to non-European systems. The project also entails 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

DEQAR foresaw the development of a database aimed towards the facilitation of access to reports and decisions on higher education institutions/programmes externally reviewed against the ESG, by an EQAR-registered agency. CIMEA was a project partner and participated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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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 leaner procedures for applicants.

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DigiRec - Connecting digital exchange of student data to recognition

DigiRec aims to support learning mobility in the EHEA for international students, highlighting the link between digital development and the acceleration of recognition procedures. DigiRec explores the connection between digitalization and recognition, creating awareness about the possible impact of digitalization on recognition practices and contributing to the development of a shared vision. The outcomes of DigiRec, in particular the White Paper on the connection between digital exchange of student data and recognition, can assist the networks and individual centres in the development of policies on this important topic, and lead to better preparation for ongoing digitalization. CIMEA was a project partner and 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, was adapted to the Italian national context 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, which is issued in case of a positive outcome following an assessment process, 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

Aumentare la conoscenza e l’utilizzo degli strumenti di trasparenza utili durante le procedure di riconoscimento e valutazione delle qualifiche, come il Quadro europeo dei titoli, i documenti Europass, il Diploma Supplement e il sistema ECTS. CIMEA è stato partner del progetto e ha partecipato allo sviluppo delle singole attività e dei risultati finali.


FAIR - Focus on Automatic Institutional Recognition

The project focuses on the verification of recognition procedures and methodologies implemented in 23 higher education institutions in six European countries, with the aim to analyse and incentivise “automatic recognition” policies between member countries of the European Higher Education Area and to produce helpful guidelines to achieve such goals. CIMEA was a project partner and 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

The project was aimed towards the creation of two manuals in English: one dedicated to 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 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

As its main outcome this project aimed to provide two main instruments in order to fight the use of fraudulent qualifications:

  • A database of fraudulent qualifications which will collect the scanned copies of fraudulent qualifications received by ENIC-NARIC centres, allowing users to compare fraudulent qualifications with authentic ones.
  • Guidelines to establish an Alert Mechanism among ENIC-NARIC centres and testing of its implementation.

CIMEA conceptualised and coordinated the project.

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

The project aspires towards the improvement of the existing FraudSCAN database, containing samples of fraudulent academic titles. The project foresees the involvement of students. An analysis will be carried out to gauge the level of awareness regarding this phenomenon, through questionnaires addressed to student unions, 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 in collaboration with policy makers, higher education institutions and relevant stakeholders.

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I-AR – Implementation of automatic recognition in the networks

The I-AR project aims to support 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.

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I-COMPLY – Implementation of LRC COMPLIant recognition practices in the EHEA

The project Implementation of LRC Compliant Practices in the EHEA (I-Comply) aims to improve compliance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention through the strengthening of national, institutional recognition structures. Three Peer Learning Activities are organised with the aim of sharing practices on the issues of recognition, automatic recognition and access to higher education for refugees.

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Q-ENTRY - International Database on Higher Education Entry Qualifications

The main objective of the project is the creation of an online database containing a list of the final upper secondary school qualifications and, more in general, 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

The project aims to improve 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. The database is meant to be used as a tool for the promotion of automatic recognition for 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 qualifications held by refugees. 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 was 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 have completed or have 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.

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

The project focuses on the creation of useful tools finalised towards the 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 was a project partner and 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

The project focuses on the development of a database containing 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 just during 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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SeARch ENGINE - Strengthening Educational and AwaReness Campaign in Automatic Recognition for Higher Education Institutions – Engage – Inform – Implement

The project mainly aims at improving awareness and knowledge on the topic of automatic recognition, not only among Higher Education Institutions, but also among students from countries part of the European Education Area (EEA). In order to meet the goals set, a series of seminars and webinars will be held and addressed to institutions, policymakers and other stakeholders working in the field. They will be recorded and made accessible on the internet to allow for a broader audience.

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SQUARE - 'System of Quality Assurance for the Recognition Networks'

The project revolves around the development of an evaluation system for the quality of the activities performed in ENIC-NARIC centres with the aim of verifying the adherence of specific procedures to the criteria of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and highlighting best practices 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

The project aims to achieve the 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 was a project partner and participated in the development of the activities and the final results.

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