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Recognition of diplomas

Recognition of diplomas

If citizens of foreign states wish come to Lithuania for employment or studies, they shall pass a procedure of recognition of their diplomas issued abroad. The processes of recognition of qualifications are regulated by international and national legal norms.

On recognition a qualification acquired in a foreign state, two types of recognition are singled out – academic recognition and professional recognition.

The academic recognition is an assessment of a qualification in an academic aspect, i.e. establishing whether the qualification conforms to the requirements set for the relevant qualification in Lithuania.

The professional recognition is an assessment of a qualification in an professional aspect, i.e. establishing whether the qualification conforms to the requirements set for the relevant professional activities in Lithuania.

In Lithuania, several institutions are involved in the academic recognition of qualification. One may choose an institution dependently on the level  of the acquired education and the pursued object.

The level of acquired education; the qualification

The institution engaged in the academic recognition

A degree of a Doctor of Sciences (Arts)

The Research Council of Lithuania

A qualification provided by higher education (except of a degree of a doctor)

The Center of Quality Assessment in Higher Education

A part of a higher education study programme

The chosen higher school

A qualification provided by vocational training

The Ministry of Education and Science

A qualification that provides a right for higher education studies (secondary education)

The Center of Quality Assessment in Higher Education or an authorized higher school

A part of primary, basic or secondary education programme

The chosen primary, basic or secondary school

Professional recognition is recognition of a qualification acquired by a person in a foreign state and is required, if such a person plans to be involved in the professional activities in Lithuania. In course of the process of the professional recognition, a major attention is paid not only to the acquired professional qualification, but also to the professional knowledge and skills of the person. The qualification and the level of the knowledge and skills should be sufficient for being involved in the relevant activities in Lithuania.

The following types of professional recognition may be singled out:

if a profession that a person strives for is a subject to special regulation in Lithuania – a decision on eligibility of the person for employment according to such a profession shall be passed by a competent institution. Recognition of regulated professional qualifications is coordinated by the Ministry of Economy of Republic of Lithuania;

if a profession that a person strives for is not a subject to special regulation in Lithuania –– a decision on eligibility of the person for employment shall be passed by the employer. However, it is notable that employers frequently ask to perform a procedure of the academic recognition of the acquired qualification (in addition to the professional recognition), because information on the academic value of the qualification is important for them as well.

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