Hosted by the IUAV University of Venice and organised by CIMEA, the day-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Lisbon Recognition Convention was dedicated to the achievements in the field of recognition of qualifications in Italy, new international perspectives and the launch of the Italian Association of Credential Evaluators.
On behalf of the Council of Europe, Mr Villano Qiriazi, Head of the Education Department, underlined the significant role played by CIMEA in the work of the Council of Europe and in particular in the framework of the ENIC and ETINED networks as well as in the framework of the project on the Qualifications Passport for Refugees.
The Lisbon Recognition Convention, whose Committee is chaired by the Director of CIMEA, Mr Luca Lantero, is the only international treaty that has been developed jointly by the Council of Europe and UNESCO. Within UNESCO, it complements similar conventions for other regions and has in many ways set the standard for the review and renewal of UNESCO's regional conventions and the development of the new Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications.
This Convention is to date the only legal instrument within the European Higher Education Area and is a key element in increasing student and staff mobility, ensuring fair recognition of qualifications, thus contributing to the main objectives of the Bologna Process.
The event was attended by 150 face-to-face participants and more than 300 remote participants.