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Recognising qualifications to aid mobility


Working at Bulgaria’s National Centre for Information and Documentation

The European Union is committed to finding ways to recognise higher education qualifications across Member States and other countries in order to make it easier for workers and students to move across borders.

The National Centre for Information and Documentation has been in charge of the academic recognition procedures in Bulgaria since 2009. Its work has made it possible to improve work processes, activities and services for the recognition of qualifications acquired across Europe and beyond.

Plus, a unified information system is already helping to boost student mobility, contribute to the EU’s strategy for economic growth and assist in the development of e-government in Bulgaria.

Full transparency of the academic recognition procedure has been achieved. In addition, the procedure has legally established deadlines – qualifications must be recognised two months from the date of submission of documents. This is a considerably shorter timescale than the one laid down in the Lisbon Recognition Convention, the international framework which covers recognition of qualifications.

The centre’s activities in this area have been realised through Bulgaria’s Operational ESF Programme for Administrative Capacity (OPAC).

Within the European Higher Education Area and the European Recognition Area, comparable information systems have been set up in several countries, including the Netherlands, Germany and Cyprus.

Area of activity: More Effective Institutions
Project duration: June 2009 – March 2011
ESF contribution: € 620 500
Total budget: € 730 000
Number of participants: n/a
Country: Bulgaria
Organisation: National Centre for Information and Documentation
Contact details: Verjinia Tsankova
Tel: +359 2 817 38 25