Thursday, April 26, 2007

Parliament adopts alterations to Law on Higher Education

Macedonian Parliament adopted today by 57 votes in favor the alterations to the Law on Higher Education, providing for shortened procedures on recognition of diplomas issued by universities abroad to eight days.

The adopted alterations envisage that academic degrees issued by 500 best universities in the world be recognized within a period of eight working days. The nostrification procedure on diplomas issued by other universities will last around 20 days

The Ministry of Education in Science, chaired by Minister Sulejman Rushiti, and a five-member Committee comprising university professors and experts, will be in charge of nostrification procedure.

The newly adopted alterations will reduce the procedure of equivalence and recognition of academic degrees issued by foreign universities. The amendments will also boost the mobility in academic goals and ensure that foreign documents are authentic. The alterations are expected to thwart departures of young graduates to foreign countries.

The estimated number of university degrees pending nostrification ranges 10.000.

Today's parliamentary session continued with a debate on a draft-bill on forming a Faculty of Administration and Management of IT Systems at the Bitola's University "St Kliment Ohridski".

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