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The National ENIC office Finland Task Force for Recognition of Qualifications. 28 – 29 June 2006 Sarajevo Carita Blomqvist. Outline. National ENIC: main functions under Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) ENIC/NARIC Charter of Activities and Services

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The National ENIC officeFinlandTask Force for Recognition of Qualifications

28 – 29 June 2006 Sarajevo

Carita Blomqvist


  • National ENIC: main functions under Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC)

  • ENIC/NARIC Charter of Activities and Services

  • Main tasks: information, assessment, co-operation

  • ENIC in Finland

National ENIC office

  • LRC: Acknowledging the need for relevant, accurate and up-to-date information, each Party shall establish or maintain a national information centre.

    National solutions:

  • Inside the Ministry of Education

  • Other State/Government institution

  • Foundation or other independent public institution established by the Government

  • Private agency

Main functions of the national ENIC according to the LRC

  • Facilitate access to authoritative and accurate information on the national higher education system and qualifications

  • Facilitate access to information on the foreign higher education systems and qualifications

  • Give advice or information on recognition matters and assessment of qualifications

  • Promotion of the use of the Diploma Supplement

Joint ENIC/NARIC Charter of Activities and Services

  • Assists national centres to respond to the challenges posed by the changing recognition environment and to set up a legitimate framework for its work

  • Elaborates the minimum services to be provided by a national centre

  • Outlines the minimum structural needs of a centre in terms of political support, equipment, human resources and funding

Main tasks of a national ENIC centre

  • Information provision

  • Assessment of foreign qualifications

  • Co-operation


  • Foreign qualifications and educational systems

  • Main information point for higher education and access qualifications

  • National education system

  • National and international legal instruments

Format of the information on the national education system

  • Legal basis and description of the education system

  • Lists of recognised and accredited higher education institutions and programs

  • General description of the national system for evaluation and accreditation, information on web-sites of the relevant bodies

  • Description of the national procedure for academic recognition of foreign qualifications


  • Rights of citizens regarding recognition

  • Recognition procedures and policy, both in home country and other countries


    - who can I contact?

    -what are my rights?


  • Bologna Process

  • Diploma Supplement

  • European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

  • Qualification Frameworks

  • Joint degrees

  • Assistance to institutions in developing their procedures for credit transfer and foreign student admissions


  • Adequate, reliable and authenticated

  • Well-structured and clear

  • Up-to-date

  • Fit for purpose (e.g. academic, professional)

  • Consistency

  • To be given in reasonable time limit

  • Languages?

Forms of Information

  • WWW

  • Publications, articles in magazines

  • Archives

  • Electronic lists

  • Seminars, conferences

  • Training events

Assessment of foreign qualifications

  • Information, advice or formal decision on the recognition of qualifications

  • Application of existing criteria and procedures developed by the Network

  • Developing and implementing new criteria and procedures

  • Promotion of fair recognition

Co-operation and co-ordination

  • Ministries

  • Higher education institutions

  • Quality assurance

  • Student unions and student organisations

  • Competent professional recognition authorities

  • Employers, labor unions

  • Immigration authorities

  • Other ENICs


  • Contribution to higher education policy development and legislation at national, regional and international level

  • National: degree structure, qualifications framework, quality assurance, accreditation of prior learning, admission policy and procedure, recognition policy, implementation of recognition instruments and tools, terminology, students rights, mobility

National ENIC office

  • Staff (example)

    • Head: administration, management, representation in international networks

    • Experts/Credential evaluators: specialization e.g. on country, region or field of study

    • Information specialist

    • Administrative staff : information technology, secretary, assistants, accountant, etc

ENIC office in Finland: National Board of Education

  • Government agency

  • Bologna Process, Qualifications Framework, Diploma Supplement, joint degrees

  • Advice, information for higher education institutions (academic recognition)

  • Competent authority for regulated professions (e.g. teachers, lawyers, social workers)

  • Europass Training

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