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Reflection Document – Recognition of foreign qualifications in times of COVID-19

On behalf of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee Bureau (LRCC Bureau), the ENIC Bureau and the NARIC Advisory Board, with the support of the Secretariats of UNESCO, Council of Europe and the European Commission, we would like to draw your attention to the reflection document that can be downloaded from the link at the end of this text.

The document provides our perspective on the effects of COVID-19 on the recognition of foreign qualifications. This includes disrupted mobility and admissions, recognition of disrupted learning and its impact on policies/procedures, and possible long-term effects.

The document also aims to give an overview of the state of the ENIC-NARIC centers in the time of COVID-19. Finally, the document aims to provide input on the response of the ENIC and NARIC Networks, including possible actions for the LRCC Bureau, the ENIC Bureau and the NARIC Advisory Board.

We would very much welcome your dissemination of this reflection document to relevant stakeholders in your network.

Lastly, we value your perspectives on recognition of foreign qualifications and we would be delighted to receive your feedback on this document. You can email us at and

The document can be downloaded HERE*.

Luca Lantero, President, Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee Bureau

Jenneke Lokhoff, Acting President, ENIC Bureau

*[updated 14/05/2020]