The ENIC network (European Network of Information Centres on academic recognition and mobility) was created by the Council of Europe and UNESCO to implement the provisions of the Lisbon Convention and to generally develop policy on recognition of education. The network secretariat is run jointly by the Council of Europe and UNESCO / CEPES.
The ENIC network consists of national information centres of countries - parties to the European Cultural Convention or belonging to the UNESCO European Region. These centres are established by the respective state authorities of individual countries. The size and competence of the centres can vary, but they are intended to provide information on:
the possibility of recognizing foreign education documents and other qualifications,
domestic and foreign education systems,
opportunities to study abroad, including information on student loans and scholarships, as well as practical advice related to academic mobility and recognition of education.
The ENIC network closely cooperates with the NARIC network operating in the European Union.
The NARIC network was established in 1984 upon the initiative of the European Commission. Its purpose is to develop cooperation in the field of mutual recognition of education in the member states of the European Union, the EEA, other countries of central and eastern Europe and Cyprus. The network is part of the community program SOCRATES / ERASMUS, which supports the exchange of students and lecturers between higher education institutions of the associated countries.
All member states of the European Union, the EEA, central and eastern European countries and Cyprus have created centres that support and promote the mobility of students, lecturers and researchers by providing reliable advice and information on the recognition of foreign diplomas and periods of study abroad. The main recipients of this information are universities, students, parents, lecturers and potential employers.
NARIC centres were created by relevant ministries overseeing education, but the scope of their activities can vary from one country to another. In most countries, higher education institutions are characterized by high autonomy of activities, which means that the universities themselves determine the rules for recruiting persons with foreign diplomas and the rules of possible crediting subjects passed at a foreign university to their studies. That is why most NARIC centres do not issue decisions but provide information on foreign education systems and foreign education documents.
The National Academic Exchange Agency (NAWA) plays the role of the Polish ENIC-NARIC centre:
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