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The participants agreed to include:

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 Basic principles and a common framework for the assessment of qualifications;

X Recognition of qualifications requirements to obtain entry into higher education;

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 on the assessment of higher education institutions and programmes, systems and standards for assessment which may include accreditation requirements;

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

X Implementation matters

The Working Group should also take the following additional parameters into consideration:

X Professional Recognition

The group viewed the Lisbon Convention as a convention for academic purposes only and thus it can be addressed by including rules of recognition by universities, regulatory and professional bodies as competent authorities. Philippines, Thailand, and Sri Lanka suggested that the body look at the intent of the Regional Convention. They noted that it does more than address academic mobility; it also addresses recognition for entry into other countries for work and professional practice.

X Values and Dignity of Human Worth

It was suggested that values of the region must be examined in the recognition process. There are new issues that emerged such as the prizing of education and training under the lifelong learning, inclusive education, inter-faith and inter-cultural dimension of academic and professional mobility.

Ninth Session of the Regional Committee


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