“It is crucial that this discriminatory practice ends in
Portugal, allowing private institutions to recognise academic degrees and
higher education diplomas awarded by foreign higher education institutions, on
an equal basis with their state counterparts”, writes the president of
Association in a statement.
At issue is the legal regime for the recognition of academic
degrees and higher education diplomas awarded by foreign higher education
institutions, which stipulates that the three forms of recognition (automatic,
level and specific) must be requested from public universities or polytechnics.
According to APESP, this limitation exists despite the fact
that the association itself is represented on the Commission for the
Recognition of Foreign Degrees and Diplomas of the Directorate-General for
Higher Education and that private universities grant the degrees of licentiate,
master and doctor.
“They can award, but cannot assess and recognise, diplomas
and academic degrees from universities in other countries,” the statement said.
Cited in the statement, the president of APESP considers
that the situation is “unfair, arbitrary, anti-academic” and results from
mainly ideological discrimination, which harms private universities and
“The recognition of degrees and diplomas is an important
procedure for academic mobility”, says António Almeida-Dias, underlining their
importance in the access of foreign students to masters and doctorates, and for
the recruitment of foreign professors.