Diploma Supplement

The Diploma Supplement

The Diploma Supplement (DS) accompanies a higher education diploma, providing a standardized description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by its holder.

Since the Diploma Supplement was adopted in 1999, it has been adopted as part of national legislation in many countries. Since 1999, there have been significant developments within higher education, notably as concerns the development of joint degrees1 and of transnational or crossborder higher education provision. Other significant developments include the development of external quality assurance and/or accreditation and the introduction, within the European Higher Education Area, of national and overarching qualifications frameworks. The Diploma Supplement has also been incorporated in the Europass established by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers in 2004.

New qualifications proliferate worldwide and countries are constantly changing their qualification systems and educational structures. With an increasing number of mobile citizens seeking fair recognition of their qualifications outside their home countries.

The Diploma Supplement promotes transparency in higher education and fair and informed judgements about qualifications.

The supplement is designed as an aid to help recognition – it is not a CV or a substitute for the original qualification, and it does not guarantee recognition.

The 48 European countries taking part in the Bologna Process have agreed that each graduate in their respective country should receive the Diploma Supplement automatically, free of charge and in a major European language.

For more information see the official website of the Bologna Process.

For students, the Diploma Supplement offers:

  • A document that is more readable abroad;
  • A precise description of their academic career and the competencies acquired during the study period;
  • An objective description of their achievements and competencies;
  • Easier access to opportunities of work or further studies abroad; and
  • It fosters their employability.

For higher education institutions, the benefits are:

  • It facilitates academic and professional recognition, thus increasing the transparency of qualifications;
  • It protects national/institutional autonomy while offering a common frame which is accepted all over Europe;
  • It promotes informed judgements about qualifications that can be understood in another educational context;
  • It raises the visibility of the institution abroad;
  • It promotes the employability of their graduates at national and international level;
  • It helps to save time since it provides the answers to a lot of recurrent questions put to administrative services in institutions about the content and portability of diplomas.

The Diploma Supplement is issued to all graduates of Hacettepe University automatically, free of charge and in English.

Resource: http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/ds_en.htm

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