Background and objectives of the survey

The ESG 2015 (standard 1.4) considers academic recognition as an essential component of the internal quality assurance (IQA) system of a higher education institution:

Fair recognition of higher education qualifications, periods of study and prior learning, including the recognition of non-formal and informal learning, are essential components for ensuring the students’ progress in their studies, while promoting mobility. Appropriate recognition procedures rely on:

· institutional practice for recognition being in line with the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention;
· cooperation with other institutions, quality assurance agencies and the national ENIC/NARIC centre with a view to ensuring coherent recognition across the country.

As part of their adaptation to the ESG 2015, it is clear that QA agencies have now the responsibility of addressing academic recognition issues in their external quality assurance (EQA) systems.

This survey is the first study launched by the newly created ENQA working group on recognition. The following ENQA member agencies have contributed to the preparation of this questionnaire:  ANECA, AQU Catalunya, CTI, NOKUT, SKVC, and QQIIt has the following objectives:

· To determine the role, interest and mandate of ENQA agencies regarding academic recognition matters;
· To explore the links between ENQA agencies and other recognition bodies or authorities, particularly ENIC-NARICs;
· To map current practices on EQA of academic recognition policies and practices.

The survey is addressed to all ENQA members and affiliates that are QA agencies in the EHEA and should not take you longer than 20 minutes to complete. Please attempt to answer all questions. Where needed, please feel free to consult your colleagues in order to achieve as comprehensive and accurate responses as possible. Please note that you do not have to complete the survey in one sitting. You may exit the survey and you or any other person with access to the same computer (and the same IP address) and the survey link may go back to previous pages in the survey and update existing responses until the survey is completed. You can access the full text of the survey here

The closing date for the survey is 30 September 2016. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Lindsey Kerber at the ENQA Secretariat at

Please note that your responses will not be used to evaluate or review your agency or for any purpose other than stated above.

Your participation in this survey is highly appreciated – we thank you for your time and contribution.
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