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AGREEMENT FOR COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF DIPLOMAS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS

The participants of the Western Balkans Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia, as contracting parties between them, have concluded an agreement in Oher, on June 8, 2022, to promote productive cooperation for the recognition of diplomas and scientific titles within the region, always based on equality and mutual benefit.

The purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate institutional cooperation in the field of recognition of diplomas and scientific degrees of higher education, obtained in the Contracting Parties, between the ENIC/NARIC offices, with the aim of facilitating recognition procedures.

The responsible institution in the Republic of Albania for the recognition of diplomas obtained abroad (except for the scientific degree “Doctor”) is the Educational Services Center (QSHA) under the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Republic of Albania. The institution responsible for the recognition in the Republic of Albania of the scientific degree “Doctor”, obtained abroad, is the Ministry of Education and Sports. The Technical Secretariat for this service is located near the Center for Educational Services. The institution responsible for recognition in the Republic of Serbia is the Qualifications Agency (ENIC/NARIC Center) for professional recognition (for the purpose of employment) and higher education institutions accredited in the Republic of Serbia. for academic recognition (for the purpose of continuing studies). The institution responsible for recognition in the Republic of North Macedonia is the Ministry of Education and Science – Unit for the Recognition of Foreign Diploma Qualifications.

Institutional cooperation, in the field of mutual recognition of diplomas and scientific degrees, will be realized through:
a) Cooperation for facilitating the recognition of diplomas and scientific degrees of higher education, acquired in the Contracting Parties;
b) Shortening the mutual deadlines for the recognition procedures of diplomas and scientific degrees of higher education, acquired in the Contracting Parties.

Facilitation of procedures:
a) For diplomas issued by accredited institutions of higher education, equipped with an Apostille stamp, the responsible institutions proceed directly with the recognition, without the need for e-mail verification of the authenticity of the diploma. Except, in cases where there are reasonable doubts about the authenticity of the documentation, each Contracting Party reserves the right to request electronic confirmation from the other Contracting Party.
b) The deadline for confirming the authenticity of the diploma is up to 14 working days after the submission of the request by the other Party.
c) The deadline for completing the diploma recognition process is up to 20 working days, after confirming the authenticity of the diploma or presenting it with the Apostille stamp.

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MARREVESHJE PER BASHKEPUNIM NE FUSHEN E NJOHJES SE NDERSJELLE TE DIPLOMAVE TE NE BALLKANIN PERENDIMOR

Pjesemarresit e Ballkanit Perendimor Shqiperia, Republika e Maqedonise se Veriut dhe Serbia, si pale kontraktuese mes tyre, kane lidhur nje marreveshje ne Oher, me 8 qershor 2022 per te nxitur bashkepunimin produktiv per njohjen e diplomave dhe titujve shkencore brenda rajonit gjithmone duke u bazuar ne barazi dhe perfitimin e ndersjellte.

Qellimi  i  kesaj  Marreveshjeje  eshte  te  lehtesoje bashkepunimin institucional ne fushen e njohjes se diplomave  dhe  gradave  shkencore  te  arsimit  te larte,  te  fituara  ne  Palet  Kontraktuese,  ndermjet zyrave  ENIC/NARIC,  me  qellim  lehtesimin  e procedurave te njohjes.

Institucioni     pergjegjes     ne     Republiken     e Shqiperise per njohjen e diplomave te fituara jashte vendit (perveç grades shkencore “Doktor”) eshte Qendra e Sherbimeve Arsimore (QSHA) ne varesi te Ministrise se Arsimit dhe Sportit te Republikes se Shqiperise.  Institucioni  pergjegjes  per  njohjen  ne Republiken   e   Shqiperise   te   grades   shkencore “Doktor”, te fituar jashte vendit, eshte Ministria e Arsimit  dhe  Sportit.  Sekretaria  Teknike  per  kete sherbim  ndodhet  prane  Qendres  se  Sherbimeve Arsimore.Institucioni pergjegjes per njohjen ne Republiken e Serbise eshte Agjencia e Kualifikimeve (Qendra ENIC/NARIC) per njohje profesionale (me qellim punesimin) dhe institucionet  e  arsimit  te  larte  te  akredituara  ne Republiken  e  Serbise  per  njohjen  akademike  (me qellim vazhdimin e studimeve).Institucioni pergjegjes per njohjen ne Republiken e Maqedonise se Veriut eshte Ministria e   Arsimit   dhe   Shkences-Njesia   per   Njohjen   e Kualifikimit te Diplomes se Huaj.

Bashkepunimi institucional, ne fushen e njohjes se  ndersjelle    te    diplomave    dhe    te    gradave shkencore, do te realizohet nepermjet:

a) Bashkepunimit per lehtesimin  e  njohjes  se diplomave  dhe  gradave  shkencore  te  arsimit  te larte, te fituara ne Palet Kontraktuese;

b)Shkurtimit   te   afateve   te   ndersjella   per procedurat  e  njohjes  se  diplomave  dhe  te  gradave shkencore  te  arsimit  te  larte,  te  fituara  ne  Palet Kontraktuese.

Lehtesimi i procedurave:

a) Per diplomat e  leshuara  nga  institucionet  e akredituara  te  arsimit  te  larte,  te  pajisura  me  vule Apostile,  institucionet  pergjegjese  te  procedojne drejtperdrejt   me   njohjen,   pa   pasur   nevoje   per verifikimin  me e-mail te  autenticitetit  se  Perjashtimisht,   ne   rastet   kur   ka   dyshime   te arsyeshme  per  autenticitetin  e  dokumentacionit, secila  Pale  Kontraktuese  rezervon  te  drejten  te kerkoje  konfirmim  ne  rruge  elektronike  nga  Pala tjeter Kontraktuese.

b) Afati per konfirmimin   e   autenticitetit   te diplomes  eshte  deri  ne 14  dite  pune  pas  paraqitjes se kerkeses nga Pala tjeter.

c) Afati i perfundimit  te  procesit  te  njohjes  se diplomes   eshte   deri   ne   20   dite   pune,   pas konfirmimit   te   autenticitetit   te   diplomes   ose paraqitjes se saj me vulen Apostile.

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