The ‘Automatic Recognition in the Networks in 2020’ (AR-Net) project focused on the implementation of automatic recognition in the European Union and the European Higher Education Area.

The project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, ran from 1 March 2018 to 29 February 2020 and produced various outcomes, including:

  • new guidelines for de facto automatic recognition,
  • a new path of portability of recognition statements,
  • updated practical tools to support compliance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC), such as EAR manuals, the STREAM platform and a quality assurance instrument for the ENIC-NARIC networks.

Consortium members and steering group

The AR-Net consortium consisted of the following ENIC-NARIC representatives:

  • Nuffic (coordinator)
  • Lithuania
  • Denmark
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Czech Republic
  • Ireland
  • UK

The steering group was composed of:

  • the Vice-President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee Bureau (NARIC Denmark),
  • the European University Association (EUA),
  • the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA).

Project outcomes

Portability of recognition statements in the EHEA. Fast lane or detour to Automatic Recognition?‌ (279.1 kB)

The Triangle of Automatic Recognition. Guidelines for the application of de facto automatic recognition‌ (554.1 kB)

Updated Standards & Guidelines for the ENIC-NARIC networks

The third edition of the European Recognition Manual for Higher Education Institutions‌ (2.5 MB)

STREAM platform

More information

For more information about AR-Net, please contact the project coordinators, Ms Jenneke Lokhoff, Ms Katrien Bardoel and Mr Bas Wegewijs, by filling in our contact form or calling +31 (0)70 4260 360.

Recognition of foreign qualifications in times of COVID-19

19 May 2020
Reflection document published about how to handle disrupted mobility and admissions.

Measuring and comparing learning outcomes in Europe

9 March 2020
Calling academics and their institutions to participate in European project.