CHAPTER 14

TRANSNATIONAL EDUCATION

EXAMPLES

Example 1 - qualification awarded by a recognised foreign provider

An applicant is seeking access to a PhD programme in psychology where a research-based master is required. He holds a master’s degree in social sciences. The qualification was awarded in country X by an institution established and operating in the education system of country Y. The institution was accredited by one of the recognised accreditation organisations of country Y and is authorised to provide bachelor and master programmes in the off-shore campus in country X. It is recognised in country X as a foreign provider awarding foreign qualifications. The credential evaluator should therefore assess the master’s degree in question as any master’s degree coming from country Y and, if no substantial difference exists, the qualification should be recognised and the applicant should be considered for admission to the PhD programme.

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Example 2 – qualification awarded by a recognised institution upon completion of a non-recognised foreign programme

The competent recognition authority has received a master’s degree for recognition. The qualification was awarded by a recognised institution established and operating in the education system of country X after completion of a programme offered in country Y. The programme was not recognised in country Y because neither it nor the institution was legally established in country Y. The competent recognition authority is recommended to respect the national legislation of country Y in these matters and in this case take it into account when making the recognition decision.

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Example 3 - qualification awarded by a recognised institution upon completion of a programme delivered by its international campus

An applicant submits for recognition his master’s degree awarded by a private higher education institution based in country X after completion of a transnational programme taken in country Y. The institution is recognised both in the home country (country X) and by the authorities of country Y. In this case the credential evaluator should assess the qualification obtained at the campus in country Y in the same way as if the qualification were obtained in country X.

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