The implementation of genuine European DS in Ukrainian universities

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All-Ukrainian Academic Union of specialists for professional assessment of scientific research and educational activity (hereinafter - Union) and Union’s International Education Center offer to the concerned universities of Ukraine – members of Bologna Center – the following possible (alternative) variants of implementation Diploma Supplement (DS) to their educational practice.

Variant 1

For universities that can independently carry out all complex of works on the introduction of ECTS tools, submission of adequate documentation of educational information about periods and learning outcomes, competencies and skills of graduates in English (or one of the other most common languages in the EU), as well as having the appropriate technical opportunities may be provided by the European forms DS for offline processing and typed their information in such forms intended for holders of diplomas of higher education.

Mechanisms and consecutive steps of project realization:

  • a) University enters the Union as a member
  • b) University and the Union conclude Agreement on the implementation in their educational practice the European university form of Diploma Supplement
  • c) Under this Agreement the university shall appoint, the registration of the trust deed and the grant of attorney, coordinator of the project - Representative of the Union
  • d) Those students who are interested in getting Diploma Supplement write a statement in the name of the Union shall give his / her representative of the Union at the university and pay (or, if the form is not available at once - and then advance the final settlement in the time of the transfer form) form and its European registration
  • e) Compensation for student costs (if charged) of university preparation and transfer of information, typing it into the form of the DS, as well as the proper registration of the document can be carried out or on the methodology developed by host universities (as agreed by the student) or directly through the Union - with the subsequent transfer funds to the university in a convenient form
  • f) The project includes an additional scheme of encouraging universities - on the development of mechanisms for the education of European integration from the profits of the project realization
  • g) The cost of the European blanks of the Diploma Supplement is agreed by the university and the Union

Variant 2
The provision of European forms of Diploma Supplement and training of ECTS coordinators on the seminars of the International Education Center, proper registration of Diploma Supplement and the creation of an ECTS electronic card.
The mechanism and the successive steps of the project are the same, as with the procedure of training at the Center for International Education.

Variant 3
The provision of European forms of DS and assistance in filling them in.

Mechanisms and consecutive steps of project realization have several peculiarities:

  • a) Project Coordinator - Representative of the Union at the university, together with the authorized administrative services, collects and presents the necessary information about periods and learning outcomes, competencies and skills of graduates who wrote the application of the Union of the receipt of Diploma Supplement in English.
  • b) Union and the university agree on cooperation to provide information as required for inclusion in the form, as well as to fill the DS using the European software
  • c) The prepared information packages for each Diploma Supplement are transmitted to the university for filling in the blanks;
  • d) Interested students sign statements and pay the amount corresponding to the value of the blank and services on its registration (followed by the final calculation after the completion of the registration of DS) in advance
  • e) The project includes an additional scheme of encouraging universities - on the development of mechanisms for the education of European integration from the profits of the project realization
  • f) The cost of the European blanks of the Diploma Supplement is agreed by the university and the Union

Variant 4
The provision of European forms of DS and filling them in correctly on behalf of the university.

Mechanisms and consecutive steps of project realization have several peculiarities:

  • a) Project Coordinator - Representative of the Union at the university, together with the authorized administrative services, collects and presents the necessary information about periods and learning outcomes, competencies and skills of graduates who wrote the application of the Union of the receipt of Diploma Supplement
  • b) The Union translates it in English and present it in an appropriate form to fill in the blank and fills in the DS using the European software
  • c) The prepared information packages for each DS transferred to the university in the blanks for filling in filled in by the Union on the basis of its technical capabilities
  • d) Interested students sign statements and pay the amount corresponding to the value of the blank and services on its registration (followed by the final calculation after the completion of the registration of DS) in advance
  • e) The project includes an additional scheme of encouraging universities - on the development of mechanisms for the education of European integration from the profits of the project realization
  • f) The cost of the European blanks of the Diploma Supplement is agreed by the university and the Union

Under the cooperation agreement the university - a member of the National Bologna Center and the Union, the parties may modify and create new versions of their relationship. In addition, the parties' cooperation on technological processes of formation of E-Cards ECTS at the official site of the university and the process of imprinting the relevant information in the European forms of the DS may be discussed separately.

In the future, the Union, as an expert organization, which is part of the European Association for International Education (EAIE - European Association for International Education; Netherlands (ID 152691), may contribute to the European university accreditation in the European Commission - in order to get them «DS-label" "ECTS - Label" and the subsequent eligibility for official release in the authorized European printing of registered Common European Diploma Supplement.

Also to be noted that, in the case of the final (and still - not until the end justified, lawful and having chances of acceptance in Europe - in the form as provided for projects of the order of the Minister of Education NAME OF THE ORDER) implementation in educational practice MNOU Diploma Supplement is not a European standard, but in the form of a Ukrainian version of the "Diploma Supplement European model, such an application would not be legally recognized and understood in the European Union.

Therefore, given the fact that the whole system of the Bologna process and «Europass» is based on the real autonomy of educational institutions and promoting transparency and the actual competition within a single European Higher Education Area (EHEA), universities must themselves be responsible not only for the quality of the education provided, and volumes teaching load, but also for the accuracy and effectiveness of introducing ECTS, as well as - for the proper and accepted by the international community view the educational information and design outcomes on education, including - providing academic and professional recognition of study abroad and international mobility of the holder of the educational qualifications .
Note that the Diploma Supplement - a document that operates across the entire EHEA, excluding legal boundaries between States. So DS, equally, is the local (for each country) and international tool for ensuring the legal recognition of diplomas and the mobility of their owners, as in the national interuniversity space, as well as internationally.

It is important that the Diploma Supplement is not a national educational document. Local  universities, due to a full entry of Ukraine into the Bologna process, but given the right to submit a DS in the universally comprehensible form their education abroad and to promote recognition of educational qualifications set forth in the diplomas. Ukraine acceded to the international standards of quality and transparency of education, recognition of educational qualifications and mobility of their owners only legally. An important part of such standards is the Diploma Supplement. But the DS - it is not a state document of Ukraine, and, consequently, cannot be issued centrally by the Ministry of Education, more so in an intricate, invented their own volition, quality and meaningful form.

Therefore, universities in Ukraine who care about their international image and promote their educational services from Ukraine than those referred to experimentally imposed MONU vestiges of DS with questionable legitimacy, have a right to give its students the present European DS.