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:

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International Recommendation on the Recognition of Joint Degrees has been revised

The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, the so called Lisbon Recognition Convention, promotes academic mobility by facilitating students’ access to further studies and credit transfers between higher education institutions in countries that have ratified the Convention. Furthermore, the Convention aims at improving the recognition procedures and transparency of assessment criteria.

As an appendix to the Convention, a Recommendation on the Recognition of Joint Degrees was accepted in 2004 and revised in February 2016.


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