Since the adoption of the UNESCO/Council of Europe Lisbon Recognition Convention
in 1997, significant strides have been made in the European Higher Education Area (and beyond) towards fair, consistent, and transparent recognition procedures. The Convention, which stipulates the basic principles for the recognition of qualifications and study periods among its signatories, is the only legal tool of the Bologna Process
. However, it is far from the only milestone in supporting the Bologna Process' vision of a Europe in which learners can move freely, without undue obstacles to their learning progress.
This webinar which took place on January 16, provided an overview of the most relevant developments and tools in academic recognition, from the 1997 Lisbon Recognition Convention to the 2018 Council Recommendation on promoting automatic mutual recognition
and the 2019 Global Recognition Convention
, which came into force in 2023. The event also reflected on some of the key issues that will shape the future of automatic recognition, such as the implications of artificial intelligence and micro-credentials.