The People’s Republic of China and Norway have signed an agreement on mutual recognition of qualifications in higher education.
Since the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) has opened for recognition of vocational education and training from abroad in November 2016, it has received over 1000 applications. On top of the list of those who receive recognition are plumbers and wood products carpenters from Poland.
NOKUT received a total of 8613 applications for recognition of foreign higher education in 2017, an increase of 12 per cent from 2016. The top three countries were Syria, Poland and the United Kingdom.
After an extensive, some would say gruelling, mid-term evaluation, NOKUT has decided that the three centres up for evaluation – bioCEED, CEMPE and MatRIC – will continue on as Centres for Excellence (SFU).
It is now possible for applicants from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to apply for recognition of their vocational education and training.
‘Easier and more effective reciprocal recognition of each country’s education should be possible in the near future. We must avoid unnecessary double work.’
Stig Arne Skjerven and Marina Malgina of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) have been awarded the Bo Gregersen Award for Best Practice for 2017 by the European Association for International Education (EAIE).
NOKUT’s Director of Foreign Education Stig Arne Skjerven is the new president of the European Network of Information Centres – ENIC. The presidency is for a two-year period.
54 persons have been granted a European Qualifications Passport for Refugees. The method used is developed by NOKUT. The purpose of the Qualifications Passport is to help refugees to get to work more quickly or get admission to further education.
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