The Benelux countries – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg – have saved their bachelors and masters since 2015. Associate degree and doctorates were added to the list in 2018. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania had a similar agreement on their side. . The two groups of countries are now joining forces. They signed a declaration of intent in 2019 for the recognition of their respective diplomas. The resulting treaty is launched this Monday, September 27.
Result: anyone who has obtained a higher education qualification covered by the treaty in one of the Benelux countries or the Baltic States is assured that it will be recognized, automatically, in the other signatory countries. This marks the end of administrative procedures and their financial costs for students who want to continue their studies or go to work abroad.
Open to other countries
This is all the more important for Luxembourg, knowing that “80% of Luxembourg students continue their studies abroad and more than 50% of students at the University of Luxembourg are foreign”, specifies the Minister of abroad Higher education, Claude Meisch (DP).
The treaty is open to accession by other European countries, provided that “the quality requirements received for automatic and generic recognition of the level of diplomas are met”.