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NARIC study on formal recognition of prior learning

Sweden and Denmark are among the countries studied in a project recently completed by the Dutch NARIC (Nuffic), UK NARIC, the French NARIC (CIEP) and the Swedish NARIC (Högskoleverket).

The project set out to explore the possibilities of international recognition of certificates of non-formal and informal learning assessment in higher education.

The project report first describes how formal recognition of non-formal and informal learning is currently recognised through certification in Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium (Flanders, Wallonia) and France.

The second part of the report provides an evaluation of a number of sample certificates and reports. Credential evaluators from the four participating offices evaluated the sample documents in relation to format, quality assurance, value/credits, assessment and standard tools, and good and best practices.

On the basis of the evaluation, the project report contains recommendations for credential evaluators on how to deal with these foreign certificates/reports recommendations, and for the issuing institutions/bodies on how to make these documents more transparent for transferability purposes.

The project report was published in November 2008 by Nuffic (Dutch NARIC) in collaboration with UK NARIC.

Download the project report at