Baltics and Benelux to mutually recognise HE qualifications

Baltics and Benelux to mutually recognise HE qualifications

A declaration of intent has been signed by the Baltics and Benelux countries to mutually recognise HE qualifications.

At the end of last year, the agreement to further automatic mutual recognition of higher education degrees between the Baltic and Benelux countries was signed in Brussels, Belgium.

Going forward, this means that it will be easier for individuals with degrees from higher education institutions in Belgium, the Netherlands or Luxembourg to start a career or further studies in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania and vice versa.

The Declaration of Intent is a necessary step in preparing the official agreement, with the agreement planned to open up to other countries using the European Qualifications Framework.

Baltics and Benelux mutual recognition a ‘concrete step towards administrative simplification’

Speaking to the Global Education Times news team, Stéphanie Schott, International Relations Manager at Luxembourg’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research, said:

“A mutual recognition agreement is a concrete step towards administrative simplification, making it much easier for our higher education graduates to move from one country to another to study, work and live.

“Such an agreement hence facilitates the access to higher education and to the labour market in other countries.”

Automatic mutual recognition of HE qualifications already in place in Baltics

There is already a similar agreement in place between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which allows an individual to continue studies in another Baltic state without going through the process of evaluation of diploma.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg’s Stéphanie Schott told GET News that the “Decision of the Benelux Committee of Ministers concerning the automatic mutual generic level recognition of higher education degrees adopted in 2015 provides for the mutual automatic recognition of the level of any officially recognised Bachelor and Master degrees.

“It was extended in 2018 to also include officially recognised associate and doctoral degrees.

“Negotiations for the planned agreement between the Benelux and the Baltics countries will start soon. It is hence too early to say which type of higher education degrees will be included in a final agreement.”

Regarding when the mutual recognition is expected to be achieved, the Luxembourg Ministry of Higher Education and Research confirmed to Global Education Times that as the negotiations have only just commenced, “it is not possible to give any forecast for a concrete timetable at this moment”.

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