National Academic Depository (NAD) established in India

In October 2016, the Ministry of Human Resource Development of India, in connection with the University Grants Commission (UGC), approved the establishment of the National Academic Depository (NAD), expected to be rolled out in 2017-2018. The NAD is inte

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Indian "Deemed-to-be-University" institutions asked to stop using "University" in their names

University Grants Commission (UGC) sent an official notice to institutions deemed as universities in November 2017. The notice requested that the said institutions stop using the word "university" directly in their names, as per apex court decision. UGC

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Our Experiences at the 2017 NAFSA Regional Conferences

NAFSA holds their regional conferences each fall in the months of October and November.  We try to attend as many as we can. This year we we were able to send our evaluators to the Tri-Regional (I, II and IV), Region V, Region VIII, and Region XII. We as

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Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) receive degree-granting powers (India)

In July 2017, the Indian Institutes of Management Act, 2017 was passed, giving degree-granting powers to the 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as institutions of national importance.  Previously, they had been able to offer Post Graduate Diploma

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ECE Welcomes Visitors from CIMEA

We love going to conferences all over the world and sharing our knowledge. Often we get the chance to visit institutions and see how things work. When the opportunity arises for us to receive visitors, we are happy to host and show off our office, includ

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Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education upgraded to university (Nigeria)

Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, formerly known as Alvan Ikoku College of Education (1973-2007), was upgraded to university status on December 1, 2016. The university name is Alvan Ikoku University of Education.

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TOEFL testing in Puerto Rico temporarily suspended (USA)

TOEFL testing in Puerto Rico has been temporarily suspended due to hurricane damage. For updates, please refer to the Educational Testing Services (ETS) website: https://www.ets.org/toefl/important_update/puerto_rico.

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ASCAL replaces APAAL as the higher education quality assurance authority in Albania

The previous higher education quality assurance recognition authority in Albania, Agjencia Publike e Akreditimit të Arsimit të Lartë (APAAL), was reorganized and has since been replaced by Agjencia e Sigurimit të Cilësisë në Arsimin e Lartë (ASCAL) per M

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Limit to apply for corrections to CBSE certificates extended (India)

In 2015, per order No. CBSE/COORD/EC-31-03/2015 the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) introduced a time limit of one year to apply for name corrections on the certificates. This included changes to student's name and  father's or mother's names

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Online Verification: Birzeit University (Palestine)

Starting in 2017, Birzeit University has a new transcript format which allows for online verification of student's record.  There is a QR code on the document (though it doesn't seem to work) and a link to the university verification website. To verify v

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CONEAU publishes digital catalog of accredited postgraduate study programs (Argentina)

Comisión Nacional de Evaluación y Acreditación Universitaria (CONEAU)  announced publication of its new, 2017 catalog of postgraduate study programs. The publication lists 2939 accredited postgraduate courses, both public and private, as well as regional

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Signature Verification for Academic Documents (Peru)

In addition to the online verification of university titles and degrees described in this post, the Peruvian Superintendencia Nacional de Educación Superior Universitaria (SUNEDU) also provides signature verification for university titles and degrees, tr

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What’s in a (Credential) Name?

If you had no background in credential evaluation, what would you think if someone showed you a diploma from another country that indicated a bachelor’s degree from a college? Would you automatically assume they had attended a post-secondary school? If y

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Online Verification: University of Technology (Iraq)

Lists of University of Technology graduates are available at: http://www.uotechnology.edu.iq/uot-graduates/index.htm Graduates are categorized by level and by faculty/department, and by year of graduation. Note that only recent years and only the undergr

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Online Verification: Murdoch University (Australia)

Database of Murdoch University graduates is available at http://webapps2.murdoch.edu.au/gradregister/. Search by name or year.

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Licenses suspended for two institutions in Russia

The Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science recently suspended licenses of two higher education institutions: Industrial Institute and Moscow Academy of Creativity.

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Kalinga University's history explained (India)

Over the last decade, Kalinga University (located in Chhattisgarh) has undergone a number of status changes that can be summarized as follows: 2003 - 2005 - The original KU at Raipur was established and functioned for a limited period of time. Later legi

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Our evaluators share thoughts on TAICEP conference in Rome

In early September, The Association of International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP) held their annual conference in Rome, Italy. Several evaluators from ECE had the opportunity to attend this conference.  They share their thoughts and exper

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ifs University College now known as The London Institute of Banking and Finance (United Kingdom)

As of September 2016, ifs University College is now known as The London Institute of Banking and Finance. See this post for previous name changes.

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Government invests in blockchain technology for academic documents (Malta)

Maltese Ministry of Education and Employment has signed an agreement with blockchain startup Learning Machine Technologies  to develop a platform for secure storage and distribution of academic documents. 

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