EUA, in partnership with Crue, HRK and Nuffic, is pleased to announce a focus group taking place in Berlin, Germany on 29-30 November 2021. The event is organised in the context of the “Spotlight on recognition” project and will be dedicated to key issues in the field of recognition of qualifications.
The focus group will be hosted by the German national rectors’ conference HRK, and it is open to staff of EUA member institutions, who are involved with designing, managing or implementing the recognition of qualifications. The event entitled “The potential of digitally facilitated recognition procedures” will be an opportunity to exchange with peers on current developments and the future of recognition procedures. The Covid-19 pandemic forced the higher education sector to operate through almost exclusively virtual means, affecting also the way recognition applications were processed. During the first day of the focus group, participants will be invited to discuss recent progress in the digitalisation of recognition procedures, such as digital Diploma Supplements and Learning Agreements as well as shared databases and share to what degree their own institution is ready to make a permanent move towards digitally facilitated recognition procedures.
The second day of the event will be an opportunity to test a self-assessment methodology for institutional staff developed within the “Spotlight on recognition” project, which aims to allow staff to evaluate to which degree the recognition procedures in place at their institution are in line with the Lisbon Recognition Convention and international good practice.
Participants will receive key materials and questions in advance and should be prepared to contribute actively to the discussions. Participation in this focus group is exclusive to a maximum of 25 participants selected through a call for participation, which will open later in August.
The focus group is preceded by another focus group taking place online on 19 October and entitled “Which differences are really substantial?”, and a Spanish national workshop also taking place online on 21 October. All events are free of charge.
For questions, please send an email to email@example.com. To stay up to date on these events and other activities of the “Spotlight on recognition” project, join the Academic recognition in the European Higher Education Area LinkedIn group, subscribe to EUA’s recognition mailing list and/or follow #SPOT_EU on Twitter.
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Catering during the focus group will include lunch on both event days, light snacks and beverages during the sessions as well as an optional dinner on the evening of 29 November.
The event will be hosted by the German rectors’ conference HRK at the Hollywood Media Hotel (Kurfürstendamm 202, 10719 Berlin). Further information about the event location, accommodation options and transport connections will be provided once the call for participants is closed.
Applicants are advised that they are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and should only make their bookings in due time, once their spot in the focus group has been confirmed by the organisers and the development of the Covid-19 pandemic can be reasonably expected to allow for a physical event. Should the sanitary situation eventually prohibit the organisation of the focus group in a physical format, the event will be offered online. The organisers take no responsibility for any inconveniences or financial losses incurred through accommodation or travel cancellations.