RecoASIA publishes National Reports on five Asian countries' education and qualification systems


The National Reports describing the education and qualification systems of five Asian countries (Cambodia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) were published, resulting from the RecoASIA joint European-Asian project in which NIC-Japan is participating as an associate partner.

Knowledge of foreign education systems is required to universities in order to conduct a credential evaluation when receiving applications from students holding foreign qualifications. The reports are expected to be a useful resource for credential evaluators, in the point that the accurate information is compiled in English, which official institutions of subject countries participated in compiling the information.

What is RecoASIA?
RecoASIA (Regional Cooperation in the field of recognition among Asian countries) is an Erasmus+ funding project initiated in November 2019 under the leadership of the Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence (CIMEA) and the University of L'Aquila (Italy) with the aim of improving mobility with quality between Europe and Asia by promoting recognition of foreign qualifications. From Asian countries, Cambodia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam are participating as partners, while Japan, China, Republic of Korea, and the UNESCO Bangkok office are participating as associate partners. A total of ten work packages (WP) has been implemented to improve mutual trust between Europe and Asia by sharing varied expertise and experience when accepting international students holding foreign qualifications, which have been accumulated over past few decades in Europe under the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

Overview of the National Reports
The National Reports describe the respective education and qualification systems of five countries - Cambodia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam - which are partner countries of RecoASIA.

Included details vary depending on the country, but what they have in common is that they all focus on higher education and compile useful information for those having an interest in universities in these countries, including overviews of their university systems, the types of institutions, admission eligibility, higher education qualifications, quality assurance, and recognition of foreign qualifications.

A major feature of the National Report is that it provides a list of officially recognized institutions of higher education and sample qualification documents, as well as practical information useful for universities and third-party institutions when conducting a credential evaluation on subject countries.

The preparation of these reports proceeded under the WP "Preparation of national reports on higher education systems and qualification recognition" and was completed over approximately one year starting in summer 2021 in collaboration with a consortium of the subject countries (one governmental institution or national information center (NIC), and two universities) and European NICs (mainly CIMEA).

The full text of the report is found on the RecoASIA Website.