A recognised higher
education institution is one that operates with a formal
accreditation/authorisation/recognition status given by an official authority of a specific
having been quality assured by the recognised quality
assurance system. The institution has the authority to award ‘official’ qualifications that
form part of the national education system where the institution operates.
Generally, the most
straightforward way to check the status of an institution is to refer to the
official lists of recognised/accredited institutions in the country where the
institution is based. Such lists are published by the official authority in
charge of higher education (i.e. Ministries, QA Agencies, etc.) in the majority
of countries in the world.
Be aware that in some countries not only the HEI’s need to have formal accreditation/recognition status but also the study programmes.
It is possible
to find official lists of recognised/accredited higher education institutions for
ENIC-NARIC countries on the Recognised
Higher Education Institutions section available on each country page on the
For more detailed information on recognised
higher education institutions in other countries, please
visit the UNESCO Regions section of the present website and/or contact directly the national authority
of the country concerned.
There are very few examples of Higher Education institutions that are not formally part of any national higher education system, but they are recognised by different countries, because they are founded by international organisations. One example is the European University Institute (EUI), that is a Higher Education Institution created by the Member States of the EU and based in Florence, Italy.
UNESCO Portal to Recognised Higher Education Institutions
List of Universities of the World provided by the International Association of Universities (IAU)
Quality assurance: accredited programmes