Agreement on Mutual Recognition of University Diplomas
Agreement within the framework of technical dialogue
Date of signing: November 21, 2011
The agreement has been implemented to a large extent
Parties / delegations
head of the Belgrade negotiating team
Chairman – EU facilitator
head of Pristina’s negotiating team
President of Serbia
Prime Minister of Serbia
President of Kosovo *
Prime Minister of Kosovo *
The aim of this Agreement was to remove the obstacles to employment and/or continued education, which Serbs had undergone for many years following the completion of their education in Serbia and return to Kosovo, as well as Albanians, mainly from Preševo, Bujanovac and Medveđa, studying in Priština, with a diploma not valid in Serbia.
The same situation was with degrees taken from the University in Priština with temporary seat in Kosovska Mitrovica (Severna Mitrovica). In order for the students to have access to educational programs and employability in the region, the delegations of Kosovo and Serbia agreed to “ask” the European University Association (EUA) to verify the diplomas issued by universities from “both sides”.
The mutual recognition of diplomas between Kosovo and Serbia would be performed through the process of their certification by a third party, with subsequent recognition of diplomas on both sides. Thus, diplomas would be treated and processed through the same procedure like all other higher education documents of universities that not accredited in the country.
Tin collaboration with the local partner – SPARK organization, the EUA launched the process in late June 2012, by recognizing 74 diplomas from Kosovo.
Due to the limited progress made in the diploma recognition process, the Agreement was revised in 2016. The recognition shall be divided into vocational and academic, and apply to all levels of education. All the previously obtained EUA certificates shall be recognized by the parties and, in order to oversee the manner of implementing these agreements and conclusions, the EUA shall set up a three-member implementing group by the end of February 2016.
However, despite all deals, there are many difficulties in this process, so the recognition of diplomas has not been fully achieved.