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Recognition of academic and professional qualifications for Ukrainian refugees

Apr 6, 2022 | News

(06 April 2022) – The European Commission published a recommendation on the recognition of academic and professional qualifications for people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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To support Member States in the “quick, fair and flexible” recognition of qualifications, the Commission has taken a number of actions, including:

• At the request of the Commission, the European Training Foundation has created a resource hub on Ukrainian qualifications where information can be shared. Comprehensive information sharing and transparency between Member States will be key to enable fast track procedures.

• To facilitate dealing with the language barrier, the eTranslation tool developed by the Commission has been adapted to meet the demand for quick and reliable translation from Ukrainian. Translation from Russian is also possible and can be useful, given that many professionals in Ukraine obtained their diplomas in Russian.

• People fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may have been forced to leave without their original documentation of qualifications. This requires a flexible approach on how to assess recognition applications in such a case, including the option of reissuing diplomas in a digital format.

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