NAMIK KEMAL UNIVERSITY

DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT-BOLOGNA PROCESS

 

      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.   What is a Diploma Supplement (DS)?

A Diploma Supplement is a document issued as an annex to a higher education diploma in order to provide recognition to academic and vocational qualifications such as diploma, degree, certificate, etc. and to reinforce international transparency. The DS is issued for the holder of the qualification to describe the structure, level, context, and status of the abroad studies pursued and completed successfully. A Diploma Supplement does not include any terms of discretion, equivalence or recognition. As a flexible document that does not impose any rules, it is envisaged to save work and money. It is designed to be adaptable to local needs.

Diploma Supplements are issued according to the standard DS model developed by European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO. The DS model developed by these three organizations is issued in all official languages of the European Union.

  • The Diploma Supplement consists of eight parts

    1. Information identifying the holder of the qualification

    2. Information identifying the qualification

    3. Information on the level of qualification

    4. Information on the content and results gained

    5. Information on the function of the qualification

    6. Additional Information

    7. Certification of the supplement

    8. Information on the national higher education system

All eight parts are to be filled in with the necessary information. Where there is no information in any of the parts, an explanation should be given.

Institutions should follow the same approval and certification procedures with their other official documents.

It is necessary that description of  the national higher education system where the holder of the qualification is graduated from be given in the Diploma Supplement. This description can be obtained from National Recognition Academic Information Centres (NARICs).

2.   What is a Diploma Supplement NOT?

  1. What is a Diploma Supplement?
  2. What is a Diploma Supplement NOT?
  3. What are the advantages of a Diploma Supplement for higher education students?
  4. What are the advantages of a Diploma Supplement for higher education institutions (HEIs)?
  5. Why is a Diploma Supplement necessary?
  6. The Diploma Supplement has been designed to reduce the following difficulties:
  7. Samples of Diploma Supplement

·      It is NOT a Curriculum Vitae

·      It is NOT  a substitute to a Transcript or a Diploma

 -     It is NOTan automatic system that guarantees academic or vocational recognition

 3.   What are the advantages of a Diploma Supplement for higher education students?

  • A more perspicuous and comparable diploma for further studies abroad.
  • A complete description of the academic studies and qualifications gained at abroad HEIs
  • Objective and fair evaluation of the competence and qualification of the holder of the qualification
  • Facilitating access to further education and employment opportunities abroad
  •  A support to the employability of the holder of the DS (It is  clear that employees show high interest on the student profile described in the DS)

4.  What are the advantages of a Diploma Supplement for higher education institutions (HEIs)?

  • A DS facilitates transparency to the academic and vocational recognition for the gained qualification·
  • It maintains a national and institutional dependency on higher education while facilitating the gained qualification being understood under different educational context
  • It increases the academic recognition abroad·
  • It increases the opportunity for employment both at national and international platforms to the holder of qualification
  • It facilitates time saving in terms of finding answers to a series of questions automatically in the frame of transferability of diplomas and contents at administrative units of HEIs.

5. Why is a Diploma Supplement Necessary?

Today many countries develop several ways of evaluation of success and update their education systems due to rapid economic, political and technological developments and thus, design new  diploma and certification means. The increasing number of mobile citizens demand a fair evaluation of their qualification and skills. It has been a global problem that the recognition of qualifications and skills being evaluated wrongly or imperfectly. Since the original diploma and other documents do not include sufficient information, it is quite difficult to make the level and function of the diploma to be accepted without giving a document including detailed information as an annex. 

6. The Diploma Supplement has been designed to reduce the following difficulties:

  • It provides transparency at higher education institutions.
  • It facilitates documents such as diplomas being recognized in a short time.
  • It enables the mobility and makes lifelong learning more accessible. 
  • It gives fair, accredited and competent information on the gained qualification and diploma.

7.  Samples of Diploma Supplements

Sample of First Cycle DS 1-2

Sample of Second Cycle DS 1- 2