EQAC - EDUCATION QUALITY ACCREDITATION COMMISSION
EDUCATION QUALITY ACCREDITATION COMMISSION
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REGULATIONS FOR THE EQAC VALIDATION OPTIONS
These regulations are established to ensure the integrity of the Education Quality Accreditation Commission and all the services provided. These regulations are meant to be effective and their interpretation is based on the assumption of ethical values, integrity and a non profit spirit from each of the members of the Education Quality Accreditation Commission.
These premises may evolve to address new situations or services upon proposal from the members of the Education Quality Accreditation Commission. Proposals will be accepted by the President from individuals or groups, including students, staff, faculty, members of the general public, governmental agencies, and other institutions or organizations. The President reviews any proposal and acknowledges its responsibility to provide a reasonable and impartial review. Proposals should be sent to the EQAC Secretary.
3. Regulations for granting degree validation diplomas.
3.1. Definition of the degree validation diplomas.
The degree validation diploma will certify the credit and degree equivalency of any certification earned at any of the Education Quality Accreditation Commission accredited institutions or at institutions holding an equivalent accreditation. This degree validation diploma will also endorse the external quality review of the degree, institution and program of study. This degree validation diploma service is intended to facilitate the acceptance of the degrees and credits earned from Education Quality Accreditation Commission accredited institutions. The EQAC degree validation diplomas can not guarantee automatic acceptance of the degrees and credits credits validated at other institutions or the acceptance by employers. The acceptance of the degree validation diplomas is always the prerogative of the receiving institution or employer.3.2. Content of the degree validation diplomas.
The degree validation diploma is an official certificate issued by the Education Quality Accreditation Commission that will state the following information:
- You full name.
- Verification of the diploma and specialization earned.
- Verification of the total credits corresponding to this diploma and specialization.
- Verification of the credits composition.
- Certification of the credits equivalency to the US Semester credits system.
- Certification of the credits equivalency to the European ECTS credits system.
- Assurance that the awarding institution is meeting the EQAC education quality standards.
- Recommendation for the global acceptance of the degrees and credits by employers, professional associations, other institutions, colleges or universities.
3.3. Eligibility & Procedures for granting degree validation diplomas.
The degree validation diploma may exclusively be issued to students who have completed a program of study in any of the Education Quality Accreditation Commission accredited institution while the accreditation status remains valid. The degree granting institution must be listed in the Education Quality Accreditation Commission members list. To request this validation, the graduate must:
- Download and fill out the EQAC Validation Order Form.
- Attach a copy of the diploma and transcript to validate.
- Pay the validation fee of 350 Euros. There are no refunds of this fee.
This process may be handled directly by the accredited institutions. In this case the institution may establish different fees in accordance with the EQAC Secretary.
4. Regulations for Conferring a Doctor of Excellence.
4.1. Definition of the Doctor of Excellence.
The Excellentia Doctor is a professional recognition that provides an independent quality assurance reference for highly qualified professionals from all fields, for those who strive for personal excellence, and who become a motivating example in their communities. The Doctor of Excellence is a recognized mark of professional ability, outstanding professional career, services to the human kind and international achievements. A Doctor of Excellence or Excellentia Doctor (Latin: 'for the sake of Excellence') is not an academic degree, consequently the usual academic requirements of a doctorate are waived. The Doctor of Excellence is an honorary award that may be considered to have the same standing, and to grant the same privileges and style of address as the Doctor Honoris Causa.
4.2. Eligibility of Candidates for the Doctor of Excellence.
Subject to these regulations, the Doctor of Excellence is open to any person demonstrating an excellent level professional ability, outstanding professional career, and international achievements. The EQAC Secretary is responsible for considering the initial eligibility of Doctor of Excellence applicants and must sign and endorse any Doctor of Excellence recognition before it passed to the Education Quality Accreditation Commission members for evaluation. In order to apply for a Doctor of Excellence, the candidates must submit in electronic format the following information: full name, complete contact data (address, telephone, email), birth date, ID picture, copy of passport or official identification, details of academic education, details of professional career to date, publications and research, and any achievements that may support the candidate's qualification for the Excellentia Doctor award. This information must be authenticated by the following affidavit: I declare that the information and documents presented are true and correct and that I understand the definition of the Doctor of Excellence Award.
4.3. Qualification of Candidates for the Doctor of Excellence.
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission Secretary will reject any candidates that do not provide sufficient information and documents to demonstrate an excellent level professional ability, outstanding professional career, and international achievements. The Education Quality Accreditation Commission shall review the submitted documents and decide on granting the Doctor of Excellence award. Qualification for the Doctor of Excellence must be endorsed by 3 votes: the EQAC Secretary, the EQAC President and at least another member of the Education Quality Accreditation Commission. The applicant shall be informed in writing about the decision.
4.4. Denial or Revocation of the Doctor of Excellence.
The Excellentia Doctor is a recognition granted by the Education Quality Accreditation Commission on discretional basis. There is no obligation for any of the Commissioners for the conferment of this award, except for their own judgement on the level of excellency demonstrated by the candidate. In case of a negative decision, the EQAC Secretary may instruct the candidate about future eligibility options and other recommendation. The Doctor of Excellence will be revoked if the Education Quality Accreditation Commission learns of any deception by the candidate in connection with the documents or information provided to qualify for this award. Any refund and other rights will be lost previous, during or after the qualification process. Before the EQAC’s decision concerning a denial or revocation of the Doctor of Excellence, the person affected shall be given the opportunity to comment on the charges against him or her.
4.5. Costs & Procedures for the Doctor of Excellence Award.
The steps for the conferment of a Doctor of Excellence are:
- Submit the Application Form, Curriculum Vitae and documents to the EQAC Secretary in electronic format.
- The EQAC Secretary will instruct about your initial eligibility for this award.
- If the EQAC Secretary endorses your eligibility you will be required to pay a fee of 900 Euros.
- You may pay this donation in a maximum of 3 installments of 350 Euros.
- Once the donation (or first installment) has been paid, your documents will be distributed among the Commission members. It takes three to seven weeks to get the response from the Commission Members.
- The EQAC Secretary will register the votes required for the conferment of the award.
- The EQAC Secretary will confirm that the fee is paid.
- The Doctor of Excellence will not be awarded until the required fees have been paid.
- The Doctor of Excellence Award is conferred in the form of two diplomas: The Excellentia Doctor (Old Latin version) and the Doctor of Excellence (English version).
4.6. Rights of the Doctor of Excellence Award.
The Doctor of Excellence is an honorary award that may be considered to have the same standing, and to grant the same privileges and style of address as the Doctor Honoris Causa. Recipients of an honorary doctorate such the Excellentia Doctor may if they wish adopt the title of "doctor". In many countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, it is now a matter of personal preference should an honorary doctor use the formal title of "doctor", regardless of the background circumstances for the award. The recipient of an honorary degree should always be made clear that the degree is honorary. For example:
- Dr. John Smith, D. Hon. Ex.
- Dr. John Smith, Doctor of Excellence (H.C.)
- Dr. John Smith, Doctor of Excellence (Honoris Causa)
5. Regulations for issuing ECTS Credits Certificate.
5.1. ECTS Credits Certificates (for courses, subjects and continuing education).
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission may certify with an ECTS credits certificate the ECTS credits equivalency of any course, subject or continuing education earned at an Education Quality Accreditation Commission accredited institution or from institutions of education holding an equivalent accreditation (approved by the EQAC). To obtain this ECTS credits certificate (according to the European Union Higher Education Standards) the candidate must demonstrate that the corresponding learning outcomes of the course or subject have been met.
5.2. Process to demonstrate learning outcomes is demonstrated to obtain ECTS Credits Certificate.
In order to obtain an ECTS Credits Certificate of a course or subject you must demonstrate that such course learning outcomes have been met. There are several ways that the Education Quality Accreditation Commission may verify your training learning outcomes.5.2.1. A course completed at an institution of education.
You have completed a course or subject at some institution of education and you have earned the corresponding course certificate that shows the hours of study and the final grade. Usually that certificate may be accepted by the Education Quality Accreditation Commission in order to issue the equivalent ECTS credits certificate.5.2.2. A course previously approved by the Education Quality Accreditation Commission.
There are schools and institution of education that request that one or more of their training courses be certified by the Education Quality Accreditation Commission. In this case the student will receive the corresponding ECTS credits certificate after successful completion of the course. The institutions of education that want to certify their training in this way must coordinate with the EQAC Secretary.5.2.3. Independent evaluation of your knowledge.
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission may accept the presentation of a 15 pages written report about a suggested course or subject textbook (over 300 pages) to be considered equivalent to 5 ECTS credits (130 hours of study work) according to the following workload:
- Textbook reading and comprehension (300 pages) = 50 hours
- Data and notes organization and report draft writing = 40 hours
- Final report review and formatting = 25 hours
- Critical thinking, conclusion and opinion = 15 hours
This option must be previously approved by the Education Quality Accreditation Commission and will have an additional cost to be established by the EQAC Secretary according to the complexity of the assessment and the evaluator profile.
6. Legalization of the EQAC Degree Validation Services.
The Education Quality Accreditation Commission Degree Validation Services may be legalized with the Hague Convention Apostille or with a Consulate Legalization as appropriate. The EQAC Secretary may take care of the corresponding legalization process. The EQAC Secretary may use or hire the necessary agents or intermediaries required to complete the legalization process of any of EQAC Degree Validation Services. To order any legalization the applicant must send a request in writing to the EQAC Secretary. The EQAC Secretary will estimate a legalization budget (depending on the country legalization requirements) and communicate this to the applicant. All the fees required for the legalization process will be paid in advance to the EQAC Secretary and are not subject to any refund. The validation services that may be legalized are:
- Institution Accreditation Certificate.
- Doctor of Excellence.
- Degree Validation Diplomas.
- ECTS Credit Certificates.