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X Competencies and readiness of the central authorities (Ministries of Education and relevant quality assurance agencies) to make decisions in regard to recognition of qualifications;

X Presence of basic principles and a common framework for the assessment of qualifications;

X Requirements for recognition of qualifications to obtain entry into higher education institutions;

X Recognition of periods of study completed within a common framework for the duration of studies in higher education programmes (including lifelong learning);

X Recognition of qualifications held by refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation;

X Information about assessment systems in higher education institutions and programmes, and standards for assessment which may include accreditation requirements;

X Information on recognition matters, national qualification frameworks which may include national listing of recognised and approved universities, colleges and institutions providing higher education; and

X Implementation matters.

Davies then conducted a brainstorming session about these parameters, and posed the following focused questions:

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Should the Regional Convention include all these parameters?

Should lifelong learning for all be included as a separate part of the Regional Convention?

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Are there parameters which should not be included? If so, why? What additional parameters should be included?

Davies also presented principles for revision of the Regional Convention. He emphasized that individuals should have access to an appropriate organization or body for an assessment of their qualifications; Member States should agree on processes for the assessment of qualifications; all education institutions belonging to education systems should agree to cooperate with any reasonable request for information in order to assess qualifications; and countries should provide adequate and clear information about their education systems.

Ninth Session of the Regional Committee

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