Norway ratifies UN convention on HE qualifications recognition

Norway ratifies UN convention on HE qualifications recognition

Norway has become the first country to ratify the UN Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education.

The government of Norway believes that this ratification will make it easier for people to get their education qualifications approved in the country.

In November 2019, the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, Culture and Communication (UNESCO) adopted the global convention on recognising HE qualifications.

This month, Norway has become the first country to adopt this global UN convention in the hope of facilitating the movement of persons to and from the country.

UN convention will make global academic evaluation easier

The UN convention facilitates the evaluation of the qualifications of expats and immigrants, making it easier for them to get a general academic evaluation.

However, this does not mean that you will have the right to practice certain professions that require further authorisation. 

Approval of this convention will also add an extra layer of security for anyone, both Norwegians and non-Norwegians, who have received their higher education from Norway and are now looking to move outside of Europe.

It will also assist the National Agency for Quality in Education (NOKUT)’s work on the approval of foreign education.

Easier Norway qualifications recognition will have ‘real impact’

Norway was already voluntary practicing many of the aspects written in the new convention.

Guri Melby, Minister of Education and Integration of Norway, when speaking on the adoption of the convention, said: “This convention is a good example of how UNESCO’s work has a real impact on individuals worldwide.

“Both in ordinary times and now in times of crisis, as we are now experiencing a crisis, we need global organisations to lead the way and work for the values we have built our society on, including the principle of an equal right to education.”

UN convention seeks to make education more inclusive

The Global Convention is in line with goal number 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure inclusive, fair, and good education, and promote opportunities for lifelong learning for all.

It will help to establish uniform principles in regard to the recognition of foreign degrees.  

The convention will also reduce the number of obstacles faced by any teacher, scholar, job-seeker, or student who is looking to move outside of their country of origin. 

In addition to a fair assessment of their qualifications by a national authority, the convention gives other rights to international students as well. This includes recognition of international qualifications, unless a major discrepancy is found by the recognising body.

Pic: Maksym Kaharlytskyi

Zahra Hamdani - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Zahra Hamdani is an Ireland-based reporter for Global Education Times who focuses on European and South Asian education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Zahra is a school-teacher and educationist with experience in both Primary and Secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Pakistan.

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