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Joint degrees

A joint degree should be understood "as referring to a higher education qualification issued jointly by two or more higher education institutions on the basis of a joint study programme"[1]. Such joint study programmes are characterised by a common assumption of responsibility by the participating institutions as regards: -  the definition of the objectives of the programme; -  the design of the curriculum; -  the organisation of the studies; -  the type of qualifications awarded.[2] A joint degree may be issued as: -  a joint diploma in addition to one or more national diplomas; -  a joint diploma issued by the institutions offering the study programme in question without being accompanied by any national diploma; -  one or more national diplomas issued officially as the only attestation of the joint qualification in question.[3] In the Bergen Communiqué (2005), the European Ministers called upon "all national authorities and other stakeholders to recognise joint degrees awarded in two or more countries in the EHEA"[4].
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↑Diploma Supplement; ↑ENQA – European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education; ↑European dimension; ↑European Higher Education Area (EHEA); ↑Lisbon Recognition Convention; ↑Recognition
Additional sources of information:

↑EUA – European University Association: Developing Joint Masters Programmes for Europe. Results of the EUA Joint Masters Project (March 2002 - Jan 2004), 2004; URL: http://www.eua.be/eua/jsp/en/upload/Joint_Masters_report.1087219975578.pdf (19.5.2006). The Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union; URL: http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/mundus/index_en.html (10.7.2006).

[1] Glossary at the official Bologna Process web site for the period January 2004 - June 2005; URL: http://www.bologna-bergen2005.no/ (14.5.2006).

[2] Cf. The Bologna Process, Seminar on "Integrated curricula – Implications and Prospects", Mantova, 11th and 12th April 2003, Final Report, p. 1; URL: http://www.bologna-berlin2003.de/pdf/Mantova_Results.pdf (14.5.2006).

[3] Cf. Glossary at the official Bologna Process web site for the period January 2004 - June 2005; URL: http://www.bologna-bergen2005.no/ (14.5.2006).

[4] Bergen, p. 3.

 
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