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ENIC Network/NARIC Network European Network of National Information Centres/Network of National Academic Recognition Information Centres

The ENIC Network – the European Network of National Information Centres on academic ↑recognition and ↑mobility was established by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Regional Committee for Europe of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994.[1] It works on developing "joint policy and practice in all European countries for the recognition of qualifications"[2] and, in particular, "uphold[s] and assist[s] the practical implementation of the [↑Lisbon Recognition] Convention by the competent national authorities"[3]. The NARIC Network is the Network of National Academic Recognition Information Centres which was initiated by the European Commission in 1984 "to help in regulating title recognition and facilitating the integration of national educational systems"[4]. The NARIC Network "aims at improving academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study"[5] and comprises centres in the Member States of the European Union (EU), in the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as in EU candidate countries[6]. These centres "assist in promoting the mobility of students, teachers and researchers by providing authoritative advice and information concerning the academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study undertaken in other States. The main users of this service are higher education institutions, students and their advisers, parents, teachers and prospective employers."[7] "In most cases, these centres are also responsible for work related to the implementation of the joint Council of Europe and UNESCO Convention on the recognition of qualifications concerning higher education in the European region [Lisbon Recognition Convention]. They are then integrated with the ENIC network of the Council of Europe and UNESCO whose mission and objectives are quite similar. The two networks are running a common website[8] with links to the 30 national websites […]."[9] In the Prague Communiqué (2001) "Ministers called upon existing organisations and networks such as NARIC and ENIC to promote, at institutional, national and European level, simple, efficient and fair recognition reflecting the underlying diversity of qualifications"[10].
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[1] Cf. Lisbon, p. 12.

[3] Lisbon, p. 13.

[8] Cf. URL: http://www.enic-naric.net (13.5.2006).

[10] Prague, p. 1.

 
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