Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France - Project coordinator

Acronym: UNICE

The University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis - UNS (France) was officially instituted in October 23, 1965. The University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis is a research intensive university ranked in the AWRU. The academic year 2013-2014 saw the University accommodating 25,963 students including 19% from abroad (foreign students) representing 131 nationalities. It is a multidisciplinary university which covers all fields of scientific knowledge. It is composed of 13 faculties or institutes and 47 research labs. There are 1575 researchers, professors, associate professors and 1152 engineers, technicians and administrative staff. The experience of UNS in coordinating or participating to Erasmus Mundus programs is well established. The University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) is involved as partner in several Erasmus Mundus projects: “Basileus”, “Averroes”.

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CIEP - Centre international d'études pédagogiques, France

Acronym: CIEP

The CIEP is a public institution under the French Ministry of Education. It has two main fields of activity: education (general, professional and higher), and languages (French and foreign languages, certifications and evaluation). Its two principal missions are to promote French expertise abroad and to internationalise the French education system.

Around 230 people are employed at the CIEP, 23 of which work at the Centre ENIC NARIC France.This department is in charge of issuing comparability statements (attestation de comparabilité) for foreign qualifications as well as providing information on regulated professions in France, the French education system, and the recognition procedures of French qualifications abroad.

As experts in the recognition field the ENIC-NARIC France has furthermore participated in several European projects aimed at the improvement of recognition practices and actively participates in such mobility projects related to higher education in Europe and credential evaluation.

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Università degli studi di Palermo, Italy

Acronym: UNIPA

The University of Palermo (UNIPA) is an acknowledged public academic institution in central-western Sicily. Its 5 schools (Medicine and Surgery; Polytechnic; Law, Social and economic Sciences; Applied Sciences; Humanities and Cultural Heritage) and 20 Departments cover the most important domains of scientific and technological knowledge.

About 124 courses (53 first, 63 second and 8 full cycle) are yearly offered as well as 33 professional master courses, 44 specialization courses and 16 PhD courses, targeted to the training of specific professional profiles.

The University of Palermo currently awards 21 double degrees (1st and 2nd cycle), 1 Joint Degrees, 12 Integrated Study Programs and 7 Joint Phd Titles. It is engaged in inter-institutional Erasmus+ agreements with 28 European Union Countries. The University of Palermo has achieved a significant expertise in the design and management of EU funded projects.

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Associazione CIMEA, Italy

Acronym: CIMEA

CIMEA - Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence was established in 1984. Since 1986, it operates on the basis of an agreement with the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research). CIMEA is the Italian centre within the NARIC network (National Academic Recognition Information Centres), ENIC network (European Network of National Information Centres on academic recognition and mobility) and MERIC network (Mediterranean Recognition Information Centres).

CIMEA owns an international documentation centre and a few specialised databases and gives information to individuals about the recognition of foreign study qualifications, provides advice to institutions on the comparability of foreign qualifications, promotes the free movement of citizens and participates in several EU-funded projects.


Unione delle Università del Mediterraneo - UNIMED, Italy

Acronym: UNIMED

UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union, founded in October 1991, is a network of 103 Universities from 24 countries of both shores of the Mediterranean. UNIMED’s aim is to develop university research and education in the Euro-Mediterranean area in order to contribute to scientific, cultural, social and economic cooperation, acting in as many fields as fields are present in the capability of its Universities. Amongst other services, UNIMED supports its Universities through the following activities: promotion of the international dimension of the Universities, planning and fund-raising activities, partnership search, promotion of mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean region, technical assistance for the enhancement of quality assurance in university education, creation of thematic Sub-Networks to foster the scientific cooperation within specific fields, organization of meetings, discussions, seminars and round tables both at a national and international level, training for academic and administrative staff of Universities and in particular for the International Relations Offices staff.

Through the many initiatives carried out over the two decades, UNIMED has promoted the collaboration between universities of the Mediterranean, becoming a point of reference of the international university cooperation.

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Universitetet i Oslo, Norway

Acronym: UiO

The University of Oslo (UiO) was founded in 1811 as the first in Norway. UiO is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway - and one of the World's Top 100 universities, according to the Shanghai World Ranking. With five Nobel Prize winners, UiO has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery.

UiO attracts students and researchers from all over the world. As of 2012, 13 percent of the student population is from foreign countries. 17.5 percent of the academic staff and 26 percent of the PhD candidates are from abroad. UiO has a strategic focus on further strengthening cooperative activities with several specific countries and regions as well as on further developing its strong EU portfolio.

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Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, Norway

Acronym: NOKUT

NOKUT – the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education – is an independent government agency that contributes towards quality assurance and enhancement in higher education and tertiary vocational education. NOKUT’s tasks include foreign higher education qualifications as well as Norwegian higher education. NOKUT is the ENIC-NARIC office for Norway and participates in a number of international activities including NARIC projects.

NOKUT conducts quality controls and stimulates the quality development of educational provision at Norwegian universities, higher education colleges and colleges of tertiary vocational education.


Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique, Algeria

Acronym: MESRS

The “Direction des diplomes, des equivalences et de la documentation universitaire” is under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Its main objectives are to:

  • participate in the evaluation of teaching and advanced training, degrees, the empowerment of higher education institutions and higher education
  • set up the qualification procedures, equivalence and recognition of foreign qualifications
  • define and propose higher education policy and assess its implementation.
  • ensure compliance of pedagogical conditions of training
  • establish the recognition and equivalence procedures for foreign degrees.
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Université d’Alger 1, Algeria


The university of Algiers1 forms state employees, teachers and researches for all the business sectors. It represents a main advantage of experience, expertise and research. Key figure in the socioeconomic development of the country, it bases itself on an important capital of skills and competence and expertise in the field of the teaching, of the training and the research.

Since October 2009 up to this day: amendments affecting the university of Algier’s 1 at the end of the executive decree N°09-342 of 3 dhou el kaada 1430 corresponding on October 22nd ,2009 modifying the decree N°84-209 of August 18th,1984 concerning the organization and the functioning of the university of Algiers’s 1. This decree modifies the number of faculties making up the university of Algiers. In application of provisions of the article 3 of the same executive decree, the number and the vocation of the faculties making up our university are fixed as follows: Faculty of law, medicine, natural sciences and faculty of Islamic sciences.

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Université de Tlemcen, Algeria

Acronym: UABT

The University Abu Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen (UABT) was established in 1974. Since then, she continues to grow to become the second university in western Algeria with more than 43,000 enrolled students including three percent come from 27 Arab and African countries. More than eighty fields are currently performed in the UABT. It adopted since 2004, the Bologna system. The UABT delivers 4000 degrees per year across all specialties. The coaching staff consists of 1,800 teachers of which 37% are masterful rank.

The UABT account seventy-six research laboratories, a research unit and an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) mobilizing a total of 1100 teachers. The UABT has an operating distance learning center since 2002. The UABT was involved in several European projects linked to in student’s mobility, researchers and technical staff. The UABT works with several European and Maghreb universities and is interested in further involvement of its researchers in such projects Horizon2020 and the professionalization of its trainings to provide more skills to his students and increase and improve their employability.

Ministère de L'Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche Scientifique et de la Formation des cadres, Morocco

Acronym: DAJEC - Direction des Affaires Juridiques, des Equivalences et du Contentieux

The DAJEC is directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and manager training. Its main objective is to:

  • Develop, monitor and deal with all regulatory and legislative issue related to equivalence and degree recognition
  • Investigate, develop and update all laws and regulations projects on higher education and scientific research;
  • Instruct and monitor contentious cases
  • Establish and maintain a legal documentation relating to higher education and scientific research;
  • Centralize applications for diploma equivalence, asses, submit them for consideration and advice to the Committee on diploma equivalence
  • Asses any documents relating to the equivalence and recognition of diplomas within the framework of bilateral, regional and international cooperation
  • Collect and analyse all documentation and information on education systems, particularly those countries that are linked to Morocco by agreements and bilateral, regional and international agreements with specific clauses to securities equivalency degree and diploma of higher education and organize exchanges of appropriate documentation
  • Centralize and examine any application for the opening, extension, modification or closure of private higher education institutions.

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Université de Cadi Ayyad, Morocco

Acronym: UCA

Cadi Ayyad University (UCA) was founded in 1978. It consists of 13 Faculties and Schools that cover all the scientific, technical, economic, legal, medical, and social sciences. UCA is present in 4 cities: Marrakech, Safi, Essaouira and Kelaa Sraghna. The University has about 63,000 students, 1400 teachers and researchers, administrative 850 and more than 600 foreign students from 50 nationalities. UCA maintains over 400 partnership relations with foreign universities and participates in many international cooperation programs in the context of European and international funding.

Scientific research plays an important role in the activities of Cadi Ayyad University. Its production is the most prolific and most diverse nationally. Indeed, the UCA currently has 3 centers Doctoral Studies, 64 accredited research laboratories, 82 research teams accredited, 5 research centers (National Centre for Studies and Research on Water and Energy, National Center for research Studies on Sahara, Mathematics Centre, Centre for Analysis and characterization, Museum of Natural History) in a Mixed unit international on complex systems and an University Astronomical Observatory Oukaimiden. Concerning the valorization of scientific research results, UCA has a Business Incubator and plans to create an Innovation City, which will house strat- up and platforms for research and development.

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Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Morocco

Acronym: UM5R

The Mohammed V University of Rabat (UM5R) was founded in 1957. Over than 75600 students are enrolled in the UM5R, with 2311 professors, 1294 technical and administrative staff. The University of Rabat has 19 establishments (8 Faculties, 5 Schools, 5 Institutes and an office in Abu Dhabi created in association with the Council of Abu Dhabi for the education in the United Arab Emirates) that cover all the disciplines, closely combining academic input and research.

The UM5R offers 252 programs in Undergraduate and Master level, in addition to 41 doctorate program. The University of Rabat set up 272 accredited research structures (70 laboratories and 198 Research teams), 9 centers of doctoral studies, and a city of Innovation. The UM5R registers patents on a national and international scale.

THE UM5R has a portfolio of over 1200 agreements with universities, public and private institutions and associations at the regional, national and international level.

Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research, Information and Communication Technologies, Tunisia

Acronym: MESRST

The Directorate General of Higher Education is directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Its main objective is to guarantee the best functioning of a number of services which are in relation with higher education. In addition, it is responsible for setting the nomination procedures of the various academic staff, to manage their professional integration and to coordinate with the different higher education institutions in that respect.

Nationally, the Directorate General is responsible for, in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, managing the professional life of the academic staff while coordinating with their respective higher education institution. It is also responsible for coordinating the activities of the higher education institutions. In addition, the Directorate General is in charge of preparing drafts of regulatory texts which are in relation with training programmes, study programmes, exams, etc. Furthermore, it is responsible for habilitating diplomas, organising the functioning of the National Commission, Sectoral Commission of diploma Equivalence and titles. It is also in charge of organising exams, examination of aggregation, in the various disciplines as well as other number of responsibilities in relation to higher education.

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Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

Acronym: UTM

The University of Tunis El Manar is a multidisciplinary university in which most of the scientific fields are represented: fundamental sciences, engineering sciences and technology, economics, legal sciences, human sciences, computer sciences, medical and paramedical sciences. In order to adjust to the new social and economic realities and respond to the new daily requirements, the University of Tunis El Manar, in accordance with the trends of the National Higher Education in Tunisia and the Barcelona process, adopted the education system of the LMD (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate “PhD”) since 2006. The university of Tunis El Manar is one of the largest universities in the country with 40000 students, 3000 teaching staff. It includes fifteen higher education and research institutes that offer 77 Bachelor degrees, 67 Masters Degree, 14 Engineering Training programs, 21 kinds of PhD programs and 19 kinds of Habilitation programs.

In terms of the number of research structures, scientific and doctoral production, the University of Tunis El Manar ranks first at the national level: five doctoral schools, 60 research laboratories and 68 research units. At the international level the university has more than 90 Cooperation Agreements and about 105 scientific cooperation projects.

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University of Monastir, Tunisia

Acronym: UM

The University of Monastir was founded in 2004 and it comprises currently 16 establishments (5 faculties, 2 High schools and 9 institutes) distributed across the district of Monastir and Mahdia. Some of these institutions have undoubtedly contributed to the development of modern Tunisia.

Being a multidisciplinary University, the UM offers a wide range of courses for the undergraduates as well as the postgraduates. Actually – 2014-2015-, there are 76 undergraduates, 25 masters and 9 doctorates. The University of Monastir has about 2034 teachers, 978 administrative and 23637 students, 208 among whom are foreigners that constitute roughly 1% of the total number of students. Scientific research (25 laboratories 22 research units and 4 doctoral schools), is an important and well recognized academic research as testified by the training programmes and the services offered.


Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Lebanon

Acronym: DGHE - Directorate General of Higher Education

Within the Ministry, the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE) is responsible of maintaining Higher Education National standards in the public and private higher education institutions in Lebanon.

DGHE is member of the Council of Higher Education (CHE) which is in charge of:

  • Advising the council of ministries for new university license demand.
  • Defining the Policy Statement of Higher Education
  • Supervising the activities of private universities in Lebanon
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Université Antonine, Lebanon

Acronym: UA

The Universite Antonine is a Lebanese Catholic institution, dedicated to developing the talents of our youths in the joy of truth. The UA accompanies them in constructing knowledge, expertise and life skills, thus enabling them to become qualified men and women serving society at large.

The UA accomplishes this mission with the respect for diversity, ethical rectitude and demand for excellence. The UA promotes contextualized scientific research and professionalism animated by innovation.


Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon

Acronym: USEK

The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) is a private Catholic higher education institution founded by the Lebanese Maronite Order (LMO) in 1938. Being a national institution, USEK has brought its teachings and curricula into line with the official requirements of the Lebanese state, which acknowledges the diplomas it delivers. Furthermore, USEK remains careful in achieving synthesis of tradition and modernism in the educational options it offers, while remaining true to a Christian humanism, which is imprinted on the overall education it provides.

Due to the pressure to democratize higher education, the university is deploying necessary efforts to fight exclusion and abide by a non-elitist policy, albeit without making any concessions with regard to the quality of education. The establishment of decentralized regional centers (in Zahle, Chekka and Rmeich) thus springs out of the wish to implement the right to higher education. Thanks to an extremely dense network of national and international relations, it plays a key role in training highly-qualified researchers and professionals. Nowadays, USEK welcomes more than 8,000 students across its twelve faculties and three institutes; i.e. fifteen academic units which offer a broad array of high-level diversified education.