European Diploma Supplement

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Diploma Supplement, a common European supplement to a Diploma, is a tool of academic and professional recognition of educational and scientific qualifications.

In the context of increasing professional mobility, a growing number of professionals seek to achieve recognition of their national qualifications in other countries. Because the diploma itself does not contain sufficient information on the knowledge and skills, it is often difficult to access the qualification of its holder without a detailed standardized description and confirmation of the learning process in a particular university.

To support the comparability of national educational systems, the mobility of professionals and taking due account of permanent changes in educational programs and the qualification characteristics of graduates, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO have developed a unified standard document awarded in addition to the education document and intended to facilitate the process of academic and professional recognition of university graduates’ qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates). This document was called the Diploma Supplement.

The common European Diploma Supplement is an international education document, which is an international instrument for the recognition of qualifications and higher postgraduate education worldwide. This Supplement provides recognition of national education abroad, clarity of achieved qualifications to the employer in the context of variety of qualifications and forms of education. This allows to perform professional activities in other countries, as well as to continue education abroad.

The special feature of the European Diploma Supplement is the use of workload units or ECTS credits - conventional units, which reflect the workload of each academic year, including lectures, seminars, practical training, independent studies, tests, and exams. Thus, academic hours are no longer applicable in this document.

Diploma Supplement is awarded by national universities only in strict accordance with the model developed, improved and practically proven by the Joint Working Group of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO representatives.

Diploma Supplement is strongly personified, has 11 security features and is issued under the quotas from the European publishing organ.

Holding the common European Diploma Supplement provides a graduate with the following competitive advantages:

  • - The diploma is becoming clearer and more easily comparable with diplomas obtained in other states;
  • - The Supplement contains an exact description of the individual "learning path" and skills achieved while studying;
  • - The Supplement reflects an objective description of individual achievements of graduates;
  • - The Supplement saves time by providing answers to many questions arising from the administrative and personnel services and higher education institutions with respect to the content of qualifications and equivalence of diplomas;
  • - Graduates have more opportunities for employment or further education in their own country and abroad.

DS contains information about the character, level, context, content and status of a study program completed by a graduate awarded with an education document. The Diploma Supplement does not contain any evaluative judgment, compartments with other study programs and advice on the possibility of recognition of diplomas or qualifications.

The common European Diploma Supplement consists of eight sections, containing:

information identifying the holder of the qualification

  • - Surname, name and patronymic;
  • - Date of birth;
  • - Student identification number or code (if applicable in the country).

information identifying the qualification:

  • - Full name of qualification (national language) and (if appplicable) title conferred;
  • - Main fields(s) of study for the qualification;
  • -Name and status of awarding institution (in original language);
  • - Name and status of institution administering studies (in original language);
  • - Language of instruction.

information on the level of the qualification:

  • - Level of qualification;
  • - Official length of programme;
  • - Access requirements.

information on the contents and results gained:

  • - Minimum requirements for this qualification;
  • - A detailed description of the program, marks, ECTS credits;
  • - A system of knowledge assessment (five-point, ten-, or etc.)

information on the professional characteristics of the qualifications:

  • - Access to further study;
  • -Professional status of the graduate (if applicable).
  • - Additional information, clarifying the legal status, license and accreditation of the university, etc.

Certification of the Supplement:

  • - The date of issuance of the Diploma Supplement;
  • - The signature of the person having issued the Diploma Supplement;
  • - Position of the person having issued the Diploma Supplement:
  • - The official seal or stamp of the institution having issued the Diploma Supplement.

information about the national education system, in which the graduate received the education documents.

Diploma Supplement should include information on all eight sections. In the absence of information in any of the sections, the university shall indicate the reasons for refusing to provide necessary information.

Diploma Supplement is also beneficial for universities, facilitating the process of academic and professional recognition of training programs and offering the general framework accepted all over Europe. Universities become more "visible" and "noticeable" abroad, and their graduates are getting more job opportunities in their own country and abroad.