The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) project is undertaking several measures to support Ukrainian refugees’ opportunities for further studies and work, one of which was the organisation of an online training course on evaluating qualifications from Ukrainian refugees.
300 participants including representatives of national recognition centres (ENIC-NARIC offices) and universities in Europe, as well as from the United States, South Africa and New Zealand joined the training course on Tuesday 29 March 2022.
Given the urgent need for updated information, the training was made available to all credentials evaluators in the ENIC and NARIC networks (which includes the 13 ENIC-NARIC centres currently engaged in the EQPR) and to higher education institutions.
The course was facilitated by an experienced credential evaluator from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) in the United States of America and included information about the education system in Ukraine and its current state, resources available to verify qualifications, licensing and accreditation, as well as a Q&A session.
This training session constituted a first step in building capacity among recognition professionals to facilitate efficient, professional and fair treatment of Ukrainian qualifications, and the EQPR is ready to assist refugees and governments of the host countries in the coming period.
Implemented by the Council of Europe since 2017, the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees enables refugees and asylum seekers to have their qualifications assessed even in the absence of full documentation. The EQPR helps refugees and asylum seekers to enter further studies or to seek employment. It eliminates unnecessary and repeated further assessments of the same qualifications in other European countries if and when the EQPR holder moves.