23 November 2017 | EQAF Paper

Current practices on external quality assurance of academic recognition among QA agencies

Teresa Sánchez Chaparro, Maria Kelo, Lindsey Kerber


Fair recognition of qualifications, periods of study, and prior learning has been one of the main objectives of the Bologna Process since its creation. The Lisbon Recognition Convention establishes some agreed common operating principles at the European level. These principles concern all organisations conducting recognition practices and, in particular, higher education institutions.

With the formulation of the ESG 2015 (particularly ESG 1.4), it is clear that higher education institutions and QA agencies now have the responsibility of addressing academic recognition issues in their internal and external quality assurance (EQA) processes. This paper provides a synthesis of the main conclusions of a survey conducted by the ENQA working group VII on quality assurance and recognition in September 2016. The survey explores the current practices on EQA of institutional recognition practices among QA agencies as well as the links between QA agencies and ENIC-NARIC centres.


This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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