National offices

ENIC-NARIC Norway: new organisation and website

From January 2023, the task of recognition of foreign qualifications in Norway has been moved from NOKUT to the Norwegian Directorate of Higher Education and Skills.

The ENIC-NARIC office has been re-organised into a division for Recognition and Admission, together with the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service. The Directorate also includes the Norwegian Assistance Centre for the recognition of professional qualifications (Directive 2005/36/EC).

Please update any information about the Norwegian ENIC-NARIC office on your websites and in other information channels.

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Nordic cooperation

Revised Nordic declaration on qualifications recognition

The Nordic Ministers of Education have adopted a revised version of the Reykjavik Declaration. The revised Reykjavik Declaration makes it clear that the mutual recognition of qualifications is now also expected, as far as possible, to be automatic and without unnecessary delays.

Read the Reykjavik Declaration on the Nordic Co-operation website:

Nordic Declaration on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education – The Reykjavik Declaration (revised 2022)

Nordic cooperation

Nordic offices celebrated the Lisbon Recognition Convention at 25

On 25 May 25 2022, the Nordic ENIC/NARIC offices held a joint webinar on “The Lisbon Recognition Convention at 25: Past, Present and Future”.

The Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022. Ratified by more than 50 states, it is the main legal instrument for recognition of qualifications in Europe and aspires to promote fair recognition of academic qualifications.

At the webinar, key Nordic stakeholders considered the LRC in a historical perspective, examined how the LRC is used today and looked ahead to the LRC of the future.

  • Opening remarks / Dag Hovdhaugen, NOKUT (Norway)
  • Looking back: the historical perspective on the LRC / Carita Blomqvist, Finnish National Agency for Education (Finland)
  • The LRC of today / Allan Bruun Pedersen, Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science (Denmark)
  • Looking ahead: The LRC of the future / Cecilia George, Swedish Council for Higher Education (Sweden)

Learn more about the Lisbon Recognition Convention on the ENIC/NARIC website

National offices

Denmark: Annual report on recognition

DK-ENIC/NARIC publishes annual report on assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications.

In Denmark, demand for assessments of foreign qualifications has been stable in recent years, even in 2020 as a whole, despite a dip at the beginning of the corona pandemic. The Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science (DK-ENIC/NARIC) delivered 3,887 assessments during 2020.

That is one of the figures given in the annual report that the Minister for Education and Science has just sent to the Danish parliament, Folketinget.

The annual report provides statistics and describes developments in the field of recognition including the various services offered by the ENIC/NARIC office as well as credit transfer appeals and professional recognition for access to regulated professions.

Nordic cooperation

Automatic recognition in the Nordic Region

Report for the Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic Council of Ministers mandated the 5 Nordic ENIC-NARIC Offices (NORRIC) as well as representatives of Nordic higher education institutions and students to draft a policy paper on the implementation of automatic recognition in the Nordic countries. The report was completed end of 2019.

Download “Automatic recognition in the Nordic Region” (pdf)

The Nordic Council of Ministers has donated money to hold a Nordic seminar on automatic recognition and digitalisation, where the possible implementation of the recommendations of the reports will be further developed and discussed. The seminar is postponed due to the corona crisis.

Furthermore, as an outcome of the report an update of the Reykjavik Declaration dealing with mutual recognition in the Nordic region will be launched soon. Focus will be on integrating automatic recognition in the text of the declaration.

Nordic cooperation

Nordic report looks into digitalisation in recognition

A policy paper initiated by the Nordic Council of Ministers proposes ways of exploring the possibilities in digital developments, both in the Nordic region and globally.

This policy paper has been drafted by an ad hoc group appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Most of the Nordic ENIC/NARIC offices participated in the group, which was chaired by NOKUT.

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