New Erasmus+ Project to Support Higher Education Staff on Recognition Processes

The European University Association (EUA) launched this summer the new co-funded Erasmus+ project “Spotlight on recognition”, which will run until June 2022.

The project intends to support higher education staff that are responsible for recognition processes and decisions, by further improving their capacities in recognition procedures in accordance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

According to a press release issued by EUA, “Spotlight on recognition” will provide opportunities for staff working in the field of academic recognition in a bid to enhance their knowledge, involve them in discussions on the topic as well as build bridges with their peers from the European Higher Education Area.

“The launch this autumn of the Academic Recognition Hub, which among other things collects all relevant resources on the topic, will mark the start of the project activities,” EUA press release reads.

The Academic Recognition Hub will be first presented with a training course to admissions officers, and other institutional staff involved in academic recognition.

Moreover, the project activities of 2021 include among others two webinars, the first of which will be held in January.

In addition, two focus groups will also back the development of a self-assessment methodology, stimulating all institutions and their staff to make reflections on how they can improve recognition practices.

EUA’s partners in the project are Nufficandthe Dutch organization for internationalization in education. The Senior Policy Officer of the latter, Jenneke Lokhoff, has written an article over the role of European universities in applying recognition procedures.

“EUA also partners in the project with the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the Spanish Rectors’ Conference (CRUE),” the press release adds.

Recently, university associations including Universities Austria (UNIKO), the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the presidents of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), as well as all members of European University Association (EUA), through a joint statement have urged the EU governments to start working on recognition of the value of education, research and innovation within the EU Multiannual Financial Framework.

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