The EAR project aimed to provide more clarity on recognition practices in all European countries and resulted in the EAR manual through agreeing on common recognition standards and measuring them against current practices in Europe it aimed also to serve as a major step towards establishing similar recognition practices.
The EAR project contributes to the concept of a joint recognition area of higher education in which all European countries share similar recognition practices, based on commonly agreed standards and guidelines. This is achieved through the creation of a European recognition manual. This European recognition manual includes shared standards and clear guidelines, thereby promoting uniform best practice for recognition.
The manual is primarily meant for the recognition offices (ENICs/NARICs) in the European Region, to improve and streamline recognition practice. The recognition manual also serves as a useful tool for other stakeholders, such as admission staff that deal with international credentials. In addition it provides a valuable source of information for higher education institutions who can learn more about how their qualifications might be recognised in other member states, for students and employees who wish to study or work abroad and finally for policy makers and other relevant stakeholders who require information on approved recognition practices.