Higher Education and Research

Annual meeting of the ENIC/NARIC networks

The annual meeting of the networks took place in June 2008 in Malta. In particular, the very busy agenda including the following items:

    · The Malta meeting followed up the work carried out in Bucharest by continuing discussion of substantial differences, using case studies. This work will culminate in a publication bringing together the different case studies and their analyses, due out in the first half of 2009.
    · It was decided to set up a new working group on "recognition in a global context" (see below)
    · The ELCORE group presented the last set of changes to the ENIC/NARIC site. The representatives thanked UNESCO-CEPES for the work carried out on the website.
    · The membership of the NARIC Consultative Council and the ENIC Bureau was renewed.

      The following persons were elected or re-elected to the ENIC Bureau:

        o Ms Françoise Profit, ENIC/NARIC Centre, France, President
        o Mr Stephen Hunt, US Department of Education, Vice-President
        o Ms Baiba Ramina, Academic Information Centre, Latvia, Vice-President

The following persons were elected or re-elected to the NARIC Consultative Council:

        o Mr Rolf Lofstad, Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education
        o Mr Marios Antoniades, Cyprus Council for Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications
        o Ms Laura Carrigan, National Qualifications Authority of Ireland

In 2009, the annual meeting of the networks will take place in Cyprus. For 2010, the Bureau has accepted the invitation from CIEP France.

The working group on "recognition in a global context" held its first meeting in December 2008 and will hold its next meeting in April 2009. The objectives set include the following:
· to have the most detailed possible insight into the issues linked to recognition in a global context
· to promote the existing instruments, develop them and possibly create new ones if necessary
· to take account of the realities of other regions, their needs and particular difficulties
· to consider the ramifications for the recognition issue of transnational education and the opening of branches of universities or higher education institutions of country X in country Y.

Throughout this work, the working group will have to take account of the overall political context (whether for the issue of "Bologna in a global context" or that of regulating immigration) and its implications (particularly in terms of employability). It should also be noted that, for the European Union, the transatlantic agreements in existence since 2005 are also to be borne in mind.