Automatic mutual recognition of diplomas between Benelux and Baltic member states
29 September 2021
Mutual recognition of higher education diplomas.
The Benelux countries and the Baltic States are now the only region in the European Higher Education Area where the level of higher education qualifications is automatically recognised.
Benelux countries – Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg – and the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – have officially launched the Treaty on the automatic mutual recognition of higher education degree levels.
Enlarged Convention of Mutual Recognition of Diplomas
The Treaty provides that anyone who has earned a higher education degree covered by the Treaty in one of the Benelux countries or the Baltic States is guaranteed that the level of their degree will be automatically recognised in the other countries. In practical terms, graduates will no longer have to face lengthy recognition procedures and related costs, as well as uncertainty as to whether their qualification is valid in the country where they wish to work or continue their studies. For holders of such qualifications, this represents an immediate administrative simplification.
In 2015, the Benelux member states introduced automatic mutual recognition of bachelor’s and master’s degree levels, to which associate degrees and doctorates were added in 2018. The Baltic States also already mutually recognised their degrees. The two groups of countries considered that there was real added value in establishing links in this area and signed a declaration of intent in 2019. The Treaty will facilitate the free movement of people with a degree from one of the six countries who wish to study or pursue their professional career in another state.
“For Luxembourg, as a small multilingual and multicultural country, students’ and young people’s mobility in general is of particular importance, given that 80% of Luxembourg students study abroad and that more than 50% of the students at the University of Luxembourg are foreigners. In this respect, signing this Treaty is an important step forward for us, particularly because it allows us to contribute to the development of the European Higher Education Area and to serve – we hope – as a role model for other European countries.”Claude Meisch, Minister for Higher Education and Research of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
By automatically recognising diplomas, the countries remove a potential obstacle to studying or finding a job in one of the countries. This measure can also facilitate the search for a job through better comparability of educational levels.
The Benelux countries and the Baltic States are now the only region in the European Higher Education Area where the level of higher education qualifications is automatically recognised. They are thus pioneers in this field, and their ambition is that other countries should also follow in this direction. The Treaty is therefore open to the accession of other countries in the European Higher Education Area, provided that the quality requirements for automatic and generic mutual recognition of degree levels are met.
Luxembourg ranks 1st in EU for higher education levelsEurostat figures released for 2021 showed that 41% of the EU’s population aged 25-34 years had completed tertiary education. Tertiary…
Luxembourg City among the top 20 most liveable cities in the worldEach year, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) releases its much-anticipated liveability index for cities around the world. The index is…
Luxembourg has the highest rate of protected areas in EuropeAccording to Eurostat, protected areas represented 20% or more of the total land area in 20 of the 27 EU…
Luxembourg has the lowest gender pay gap in the EUInequality between women and men is present in many areas, and one of the fields where this is most debated…
Luxembourg ranks 5th in Europe for LGBTQ+ rightsResults from the 11th edition of the Rainbow Europe index are out and Luxembourg’s score of 68.03% places it in…
Luxembourg: 3rd largest share of ICT specialists in the EUAs digital transformation ranks high on Luxembourg and European policy agendas, readying citizens and businesses for a new digital age…
Luxembourg becomes the first European country to offer free lessons in music to childrenOn Tuesday April 26th, the Luxembourg Parliament approved a new law to offer free music lessons but also theatre, dance,…
Luxembourg’s Mullerthal region awarded UNESCO Global Geopark status© Yimin Zhang Luxembourg’s Mullerthal region has become one the latest natural wonders to be added to UNESCO’s network of…