Details of Treaty No.165

Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region
Title Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region
Reference ETS No.165
Opening of the treaty Lisbon, 11/04/1997  - Special conditions of opening for signature
Entry into Force 01/02/1999  - 5 Ratifications including 3 member States of the Council of Europe and/or the UNESCO Europe Region.
Summary

The Convention has been jointly drafted by the Council of Europe and UNESCO. It is designed to streamline the legal framework at European level and to replace in the long run six conventions adopted in this matter by the Council of Europe or UNESCO.

The Convention aims to facilitate the recognition of qualifications granted in one Party in another Party. It provides that requests should be assessed in a fair manner and within a reasonable time. The recognition can only be refused if the qualification is substantially different from that of the host country - and the onus is on its educational institution to prove that it is. Each State, the Holy See or the European Union inform either depository of the Convention of the authorities which are competent to make different categories of decisions in recognition cases.

Two bodies, namely the Committee of the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region and the European Network of National Information Centres on Academic Mobility and Recognition (the ENIC Network) are to oversee, promote and facilitate the implementation of the Convention. The Committee is responsible for promoting the application of the Convention and overseeing its implementation. To this end, it can adopt, by a majority of the Parties, recommendations, declarations, protocols and models of good practice to guide the competent authorities of the Parties. Before making its decisions, the Committee seeks the opinion of the ENIC Network. As for ENIC Network, it upholds and assists the practical implementation of the Convention by the competent national authorities.


Related Texts

  • European Convention on the Equivalence of Diplomas leading to Admission to Universities (ETS No. 015).
  • European Convention on the Equivalence of Periods of University Study (ETS No. 021).
  • European Convention on the Academic Recognition of University Qualifications (ETS No. 032)
  • Protocol to the European Convention on the Equivalence of Diplomas leading to Admission to Universities (ETS No. 049)
  • European Convention on the General Equivalence of Periods of University Study (ETS No. 138)
  • Translations sorted by non-official languages.
Official Texts
Texts DE, IT, RU
Related links Signatures and ratifications
Reservations and declarations
Explanatory report
Related sites
  • Directorate General of Democracy – Education and Languages – Higher Education and Research
  • European Network of Information Centres in the European Region - National Academic Recognition Information Centres in the European Union (ENIC/NARIC)
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