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Deviations from the 3+2 degree structure and recognition issues

Recognition issues in relation to deviations from the 3+2 degree structure and recognition issues ("bicycle project")

The project examined how differences in degree structures afflict the recognition of qualifications across the Nordic countries.

The NORRIC report on higher education structures and recognition problems in the Nordic countries came to the conclusion that recognition problems among the Nordic countries mainly occur when there are differences in the length and/or depth of programmes (see Recognition problems project). Recognition problems related to length seem to occur mainly at the second cycle level when second cycle degrees are of less than 2 years based on a 3-year first cycle degree (e.g. the 3+1 model in Sweden), but may also occur at the first cycle level.

This project takes a closer look at degrees that deviate from the 3+2 model, i.e. first cycle degrees lasting longer than three years and second cycle degrees of less than two years duration, and combinations of the two. In particular, the project group examined degrees in History, Engineering and Nursing.

The project group gathered information on the programmes in these fields and sent questionnaires to the ENIC/NARIC offices and universities to find out how they compare the different qualifications. A questionnaire on the engineering degrees was also sent to labour unions in order to investigate how the labour market deals with the differences.
Finally, after gathering this information the group asked the awarding institutions to comment on the recognition their qualifications received.

The project report deals with the following questions:

  • What exemptions from the 3+2 model exist in the Nordic countries?

  • Are there patterns to be found and what are they?

  • Do the exemptions from the 3+2 model have implications on academic recognition by the NARICs, educational institutions or on labour market recognition by employers?

 

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