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Member States Call for an Information Network
6th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Application of
the Mediterranean Convention

The 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 of the 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 2002).

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).

Algeria, 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.

The 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.

The 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.

 

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