What is the “Lisbon Convention”?
The convention is in principal an international agreement on the “Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education within the European Region”.
The resolution was agreed upon and signed in the city of Lisbon (Portugal) in 1997. So far the convention has been endorsed by fifty countries and international organisations from across the world including: Australia, Canada, the European Union, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA.
The reason for its creation was due to the increase in academic mobility, which has has surged vastly over recent years. The Council of Europe proposed the implementation of an international resolution in the form of the Lisbon Convention. The underlying principles and aims of the convention are to enable the recognition and acceptance of foreign qualifications and studies within the signatory countries.
Additionally, the resolution states that unless there are substantial differences, all qualifications issued by any of the signatory countries will be recognised and accepted by all other countries within the convention. In the event of rejection of a qualification the educational institution responsible for the evaluation must justify its decision.
Furthermore, with the issues of access to higher education studies, the Lisbon Convention guarantees that holders of an upper secondary school or high school qualification, that already grants the student access to higher or tertiary education within their home countries, will also meet the general requirements to apply for higher education studies within all of the other signatory countries.
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