So the international conference under the auspices of National information centre (FGBU "Glavexpertcentre") was called, in which representatives of 18 countries of the world and 25 leading universities of Russia took part.
The Conference was not only a platform for opinion exchange, but a real forum of professionals in the sphere of international education and a bright event in the life of the international educational community. The Head of the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science S.S. Kravtsov made an opening speech and noted the important role of the National information centre concerning recognition of foreign education as a leading scientific, methodical and educational resource in this sphere.
For the first time the President of the European ENIC-NARIC network Claudia Gelleni took part in the work of the conference. She shared experience about the work of the network and, in turn, noted the high level of the conference and thoroughness of the reports. The Head of the International department of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation N.R. Toivonen, representatives of other departments of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, State services board of the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science, representatives of the Federal Service for Supervision in Health Care, the National Accreditation Agency of Russia and Rossotrudnichestvo also took part in the following conference. They called for a productive, open dialogue and a joint solution of international problems in the field of recognition of foreign education.
The director of the National information centre V.I. Skorobogatova in her report paid special attention to the globalization processes of education, dynamic of migration processes, also noting the importance of increase of the academic mobility and implementation of the decisions of the Yerevan Ministerial Conference in Education of Bologna Process.
One of the most active events was the panel discussion "On the Way to Automatic Recognition", during which participants agreed on the development of unified concepts and approaches to the automatic or simplified recognition.
Specialists of the Ministry of Education of People's Republic of China and the Chinese service of academic exchanges together with experts from national information centers of Great Britain, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Romania and Sweden shared their experience on various questions and discussed features of recognition in various countries.
Representatives of the Russian educational organizations shared their experience about the implementation of programs, which aim to increase the academic mobility, and about features of implementation of the right for independent recognition.
Despite the debates, the conference participants shared the general understanding of the principles and tasks within the Bologna Process and developed a number of recommendations, which will promote expansion of international relations with information centers concerning recognition and the usage of more flexible and open mechanisms in recognition procedure. The Recommendations have to become a basis for further implementation of the Lisbon convention principles and instruments of the Bologna Process in the form of the National qualification framework and basis for improvement of information systems.
Summarizing the results of the conference, V.I. Skorobogatova emphasized that the developed recommendations will become a reference point, a so called road map for next year, and also expressed hope that a number of problems will be solved till the next international conference on recognition.
The materials, recommendations and report about the conference could be found on our website nic.gov.ru.