CHAPTER 12

REFUGEES

EXAMPLES

Example 1 - Recognition on the basis of a background paper

An applicant who is a refugee seeks recognition of his bachelor qualification in computer science. Unfortunately he does not have a diploma or certificate confirming the completion of the programme. The credential evaluator prepares a “background paper” describing the educational background of the applicant based on information on the qualification, course descriptions, work experience and documentation provided by the applicant. Having evaluated the educational portfolio, the competent recognition authority may decide to recognise the bachelor degree.

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Example 2 – Insufficient information – assessment by academic staff

An applicant who is a refugee seeking admission to a PhD programme applies for recognition of his master qualification. Most of his educational documentation is missing. The educational portfolio compiled by the credential evaluator does not include enough evidence to allow the evaluator to make a recommendation. In this case the applicant’s qualifications have to be additionally assessed by the academic staff of the university. Since the applicant wishes to be admitted to a PhD programme, he has to submit a small research project and discuss it with the academic experts in the field.

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Example 3 - Insufficient information – recognition of prior learning

An applicant who is a refugee seeking employment applies for recognition of his bachelor qualification in accounting. Most of his educational documentation is missing. Based on the information and documentation provided by the applicant, the credential evaluator compiles the educational portfolio. The portfolio doesn’t contain enough evidence however to support recognition of his qualifications according to applicant’s request. In addition to formal education, the applicant has had some professional experience in accounting, also certified by the documents issued by his former employers. In this case, the credential evaluator advises him to contact an educational institution/authority competent in RPL (recognition of prior learning).

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