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Launch of EAR HEI manual

The EAR HEI project team is pleased to present the result of the NARIC project European Area of Recognition – A manual for the higher education institutions.

This EAR HEI manual is designed to assist and enable credential evaluators and admissions officers in higher education institutions to practise fair recognition according to the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) – the regulatory framework for international academic recognition in the European region. The scope of this manual is thus mainly on recognition for the purpose of obtaining access to higher education (academic recognition).

The manual offers a practical translation of the principles of the LRC, advocating a flexible recognition methodology that focuses on the question of whether students are likely to succeed in their studies. Therefore, this manual is useful for any credential evaluator or admissions officer who wishes to enrol students that have qualifications matching their institution’s programme requirements, in order to contribute to the overall quality of the programme and to the success rate of the students.

It is acknowledged that users of this manual may have different levels of experience in credential evaluation. Thus this manual may be used in different ways, for example as a quick reference guide, as an introduction to the fundamental concepts of recognition or as a training tool.

It is the intention of the authors that this manual will foster a fair recognition culture and support quality enhancement in recognition procedures according to the principles of the LRC.

May 2012 - Consultation on a new recognition manual

A survey is now open to collect requirements for the development of a new manual on recognition of foreign degrees. Admissions officers, credential evaluators and other recognition experts from higher education institutions in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are invited to express their needs and voice their expectations.

The consultation is the start of the project European Area of Recognition – a Manual for the Higher Education Institutions (EAR HEI). This project aims to develop the manual over the next two years. The manual will be based on the EAR manual, which is recommended by the 47 ministers of the EHEA in the Bucharest Ministerial Communique.

The project is part of the European Commission-funded Lifelong Learning programme. The ultimate goal is to ensure fair recognition decisions by higher education institutions.

EAR HEI - A practical handbook for institutions

The practical manual that the EAR HEI team aims to develop should offer a solution for this issue. It will show admissions officers how to apply the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention in practice when evaluating (foreign) degrees. It expands on its predecessor, the EAR manual, which was developed for the national information centres on recognition, the ENIC-NARIC’s.

The EAR HEI project is carried out by a consortium consisting of recognition experts from the national recognition information centres and representatives of the European University Association, the Tuning network, the European Student Union, the German Rectors Conference and the President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee.

Participate in the survey!

To ensure the EAR HEI manual will be useful for admissions officers’ and credential evaluators’ daily practice it is particularly important that they voice their needs. Please participate in the survey. It will be open until 29 May 2012.

February 2011 – the start of the EAR2 – and EAR HEI

January 2011 – the project is completed; the final version of the EAR manual is available online. What starts now is the hard work to promote and implement the good practices collected in the EAR manual.

First of all, the national recognition centres should adapt their daily practice to the recommendations of the manual. Furthermore, two follow up projects have been initiated. The EAR 2 project involves the training of the networks in using the EAR manual and keeping the manual up to date. In addition, the projects focus on developing and disseminating a recognition manual for the European higher education institutions (the EAR-HEI project).

September/October 2011 – Final editing and project team consultation has been undertaken

June 2011 – A sixth draft has been circulated for the EAR Project Team Meeting in Warsaw, Poland

March 2011 - A fifth draft of the manual has been produced and was presented in early March, at the ENIC Bureau and NARIC Advisory Board Meeting.

December 2010 – A fourth draft of the manual is being finalised based on feedback from the project team and the ENIC-NARIC network.

October 2010 – A third draft of the manual has been produced based on the feedback from the project team. A questionnaire has been launched within the ENIC-NARIC network to find out what recommendations are practiced among the different ENIC/NARIC offices. A report of the questionnaire results will be available in early 2011.

August 2010 – A first draft of the entire manual has been written and is now being tested by the project team.

June 2010 – A first draft of some initial chapters of the manual has been completed and is now being tested by the project team and steering group.

April 2010 - The kick-off meeting to the project took place on the 12th and 13th of April 2010 in The Hague (Netherlands), where all eight NARICs and the steering group met to discuss the format of the manual. Following the kick-off meeting, the core working groups have started drafting different chapters for the manual according to the agreed format.

February 2010 – The EAR project has officially started.