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~ THE DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT ~ The European experience: issues, opportunities and challenges NATIONAL SEMINAR THE BOLOGNA PROCESS AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR AUSTRALIA 7 th September 2006, Canberra Stephen Adam, University of Westminster

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~ THE DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT ~The European experience: issues, opportunities and challenges

NATIONAL SEMINAR

THE BOLOGNA PROCESS AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR AUSTRALIA

7th September 2006, Canberra

Stephen Adam, University of Westminster


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This Diploma Supplement follows the model developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.


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The Diploma Supplement: Sections and sub-sections (1) European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.

1 INFORMATION IDENTIFYING THE HOLDER OF THE QUALIFICATION

1.1 Family name(s):

1.2 Given name(s):

1.3 Date of birth (day/month/year):

1.4 Student identification number or code (if available):

2 INFORMATION IDENTIFYING THE QUALIFICATION

2.1 Name of qualification and (if applicable) title conferred (in original language):

2.2 Main field(s) of study for the qualification:

2.3 Name and status of awarding institution (in original language):

2.4 Name and status of institution (if different from 2.3) administering studies (in original language):

2.5 Language(s) of instruction/examination:


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The Diploma Supplement: Sections and sub-sections (2) European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.

3 INFORMATION ON THE LEVEL OF THE QUALIFICATION

3.1 Level of qualification:

3.2 Official length of programme:

3.3 Access requirements(s)

4 INFORMATION ON THE CONTENTS AND RESULTS GAINED

4.1 Mode of study:

4.2 Programme requirements:

4.3 Programme details: (e.g. modules or units studied), and the individual grades/marks/credits obtained:

(if this information is available on an official transcript this should be used here)

4.4 Grading scheme and, if available, grade distribution guidance:

4.5 Overall classification of the qualification (in original language):


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The Diploma Supplement: Sections and sub-sections (3) European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.

5 INFORMATION ON THE FUNCTION OF THE QUALIFICATION

5.1 Access to further study:

5.2 Professional status (if applicable):

6 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

6.1 Additional information:

6.2 Further information sources:

7 CERTIFICATION OF THE SUPPLEMENT

7.1 Date:

7.2 Signature:

7.3 Capacity:

7.4 Official stamp or seal:

8 INFORMATION ON THE NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM


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- ADVERTISEMENT- European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.Forthcoming UK Europe Unit booklet: Guide to the Diploma Supplement, published September 2006

  • -- Contents --

  • INTRODUCTION

  • THE DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT – THE LEGAL AND POLICY CONTEXT FOR UK HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

  • BENEFITS OF THE DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT FOR STUDENTS, EMPLOYERS AND HEI

  • THE STATE OF IMPLEMENTATION ACROSS EUROPE

  • THE DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT – STRUCTURE AND INFORMATION FIELDS

  • GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENTS

  • IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • GLOSSARY

  • FURTHER INFORMATION


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Why was the Diploma Supplement needed? European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.

  • Rapid global proliferation of new qualifications, Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and qualification frameworks

  • Many legitimate qualifications are not recognised or are under recognised

  • Mobile citizens seek fair recognition of their qualifications

  • Original credentials provide insufficient information

  • It aids mobility, access and lifelong learning


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Advantages it offer students, HEI and employers? European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.

  • A diploma that is more readable and easily comparable abroad.

  • A precise description of the academic course pursued and on the competencies acquired during the study period.

  • Objectivity and a fair judgement of their achievements and competencies

  • It raises the visibility of the institution abroad.

  • It promotes the employability of their graduates at national and international level.

  • It helps save time since it provides the answers to a lot of recurrent questions put to HEI.

  • An easier access to work or further studies abroad

  • It fosters their employability (employers are more and more interested by the student profile that is provided by the DS).


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Implementation - challenges and issues: European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.

  • An uneven level of implementation across Europe

  • Failure by some HEI to follow official guidelines (customisation)

  • The quality assurance dimension

  • Failure to appreciate the link with the 1997 Lisbon Convention

  • Overlap with transcripts and personal development planning (UK)

  • Software/management information systems problems (future: a fully digitally secure electronic DS within the EUROPASS system)

  • Staff development – training to interpret DS sensitively

  • Costing + financial implications

  • Poor DS exist when countries do not have qualifications frameworks, levels, credits and learning outcomes (Bologna link)

  • National templates and guidance are essential (section 8)

  • The most effective national approaches have involve a coordinated national implementation strategy (Ireland, Italy, etc.)

    The Diploma Supplement is becoming a major success in Europe


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