Standardise qualification recognition practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Since September 2018, France, Croatia (leader) and Latvia have facilitated an institutional twinning project (1) aiming to improve the institutional capacity of the higher education institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina for qualification recognition. The development of a qualification recognition system on a national level will facilitate student mobility and graduate employability in Bosnia and Herzegovina and within the Bologna Process countries.

Two CIEP departments are providing the project with their experience: the department for cooperation in education and the qualification recognition department (ENIC-NARIC Centre France).

Last November, a first meeting with the Bosnian higher education establishments enabled experts from the project’s partner countries (ENIC-NARIC ministries and centres) to show their needs and expectations for the partnership document (Protocol of Agreement) that will be signed by the interested parties: France, Latvia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The experts from the French ENIC-NARIC centre continued writing the Protocol during a second study visit in December 2018. This document, which takes the points raised in November into account, will be shared with the competent local authorities in charge of qualification recognition. This Protocol will be enhanced over time, as the project evolves, with the end objective of facilitating qualification recognition by implementing a national database and a standardised recognition process.

Alongside these two missions, several other French, Latvian and Croatian experts have drawn up an inventory of the legislation in place concerning qualification recognition, in order to provide the additional information needed for the work on the Protocol.

The new activities, involving the ENIC-NARIC Centre France, will be held in February. These will have the objective of determining the training needs of the competent authorities, as well as preparing a practical guide for employers. These missions will also enable the development of diagrams and outlines that will define the flow of the qualification recognition procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

(1) The institutional twinning programmes are aimed at helping countries wanting to work in a manner that is closer to the European Union to get to grips with the regulatory and technical framework in force in the European Union. In the case of higher education, the framework is mainly based upon the benefits of the Bologna Process and the Lisbon Convention concerning the recognition of qualifications.