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Recognition of foreign qualifications is key to support international student and employment mobility. In the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) the main principles to fast and fair recognition are defined in the LRC.


  • 8.45-9.00: Room open
  • 9.00-9.10: Welcome
  • 9.10-9.30: I-Comply: overview outcomes
  • 9.30-10.10: Round 1 - Parallel workshops
  • 10.10-10.20: Break
  • 10.20-11:00: Round 2 - Parallel workshops
  • 11:00-11:10: Break
  • 11.10-11:30: Closing plenary: How to bring implementation of the LRC in the EHEA further?

Round 1 - Parallel workshops

Topic 1: Cooperation between ENIC-NARICs and higher education institutions

How can ENIC-NARIC centres support higher education institutions in their countries to practice recognition according to the LRC? In this session we will discuss successful examples of cooperation, from training to building a national admissions network. 

Topic 2 : Automatic recognition

Within the EHEA, automatic mutual recognition is an important goal. However, the term sometimes causes confusion amongst stakeholders. What can we do to stimulate a national discussion on automatic recognition? And how can we move forward to make it a reality?

Topic 3: ESG 1.4

The revised Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (2015) include a new standard on recognition: ESG standard 1.4. In this session we will discuss the role of ENIC-NARIC centres, higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies in ensuring the quality of recognition and admission procedures.

Round 2 - Parallel workshops

Topic 4: Legal provisions

Apart from ratifying the LRC, many countries have developed national rules and regulations on recognition of foreign qualifications. In this session we will discuss how legal provisions can be used to develop a strong recognition structure, including a clear role division between national stakeholders.

Topic 5: Substantial differences

According to the LRC, foreign qualifications should be recognised unless there are substantial differences. But what precisely is a 'substantial difference'? During this session we will focus on how to promote a common understanding at the national and international level.

Topic 6: Quality assurance in the ENIC-NARIC centres

National ENIC-NARIC centres have a coordinating function to ensure recognition of foreign qualification is done in line with the principles of the LRC. But how do they ensure the quality of their own services? This will discussed in the last workshop session.


Registration to this seminar is free and open for representatives of:

  • Ministries of Education
  • ENIC-NARIC centres
  • National Quality Assurance Agencies
  • Rectors conferences
  • National student organisations
  • European umbrella organisations


Note: To register you need an account for the Nuffic customer portal. If you have any questions please contact events@nuffic.nl.

This seminar builds on the outcomes of the Erasmus+ Key Action 3 EHEA Reform project I-Comply.