Recognition and international comparability of qualifications

Recognition of qualifications refers to a decision on the eligibility that foreign qualifications provide when applying for a job or study place. In Finland, recognition decisions are made by different bodies for different purposes.

The Finnish National Agency for Education

Field-specific authorities decide on the professional rights that foreign qualifications give in Finland, within their area of competence (-> Professional rights on the basis of a foreign qualification).

Employers assess foreign qualification themselves when recruiting employees if national legislation does not specify qualification requirements for the position, such as a certain qualification, a qualification of a certain level, or professional practice rights.

Higher education institutions and other educational institutions decide on the eligibility that foreign qualifications give for further studies in Finland. They also decide on the recognition of studies completed abroad towards a qualification to be completed in Finland. On request, the Finnish National Agency for Education advises higher education institutions on matters that concern academic recognition.

The Finnish National Agency for Education has tasks which relate to how studies and professional qualifications completed in Finland are recognised abroad. The agency:

Nordic Declaration on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education revised

The Nordic ministers of education signed a revised Declaration on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education (The Reykjavik Declaration) in their meeting on 2nd November 2016. The declaration was originally drawn up in 2004.

The aim of the declaration is to enhance recognition of higher education qualifications and competences between the Nordic countries.

Nordic Declaration on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education (Revised 2016)

Pohjoismainen julistus korkea-asteen tutkintojen tunnustamisesta (muokattu 2016)

Nordisk deklaration om erkännande av bevis avseende högre utbildning (reviderad 2016)

 

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