Member States Call for an Information Network
6th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the
the Mediterranean Convention
creation of an information network for national academic recognition
bodies in the Mediterranean Region was recommended by Member States
at the 6th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the application
International Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas
and Degrees in Higher Education in the Arab and European States
bordering on the Mediterranean (Valetta, Malta 14-15 January
The Intergovernmental Committee stressed the need to establish effective
information exchange as a starting point for dialogue between National
Bodies responsible for recognising academic qualifications in the
region. Key areas cited as topics in this network were descriptions
of higher education systems and qualifications between Member States,
links between recognition of diplomas and quality assurance and
the emergence of qualifications from new providers such as open
and distance learning (ODL) institutions as well as transitional
providers of education (TNE).
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, the former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Slovenia and the Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia were represented as the Ratifying States of this Convention
at the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the application
of the Mediterranean Convention on the Recognition of Diplomas.
Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Syria and Tunisia
participated as Observer Member States. The Arab League Educational,
Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), Council of Europe
(COE), the Communities of Mediterranean Universities (CMU), and
the International Baccalaureate (IBO) were also represented as observers.
Mediterranean Convention promotes inter-regional co-operation on
the recognition of diplomas between the Arab and European States
bordering the Mediterranean. Of the seven Conventions for the recognition
of Diplomas adopted under the auspices of UNESCO, the Mediterranean
Convention is unique in its inter-regional nature.
Mediterranean Convention entered into force on 6 March 1978. Today,
25 years later, it has been ratified by 11 UNESCO Member States
(Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Italy, the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Slovenia, Turkey
and Yugoslavia). This Intergovernmental Committee was created to
assure the application of the Mediterranean Convention.