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The objective of the Focus on Automatic Institutional Recognition project (FAIR) is to improve European recognition as practiced by higher education institutions by implementing elements of automatic recognition.

Automatic recognition is a fairly new concept that is explored by the ‘pathfinder group on automatic recognition’ in preparation of the Bologna Ministerial Conference in Yerevan 2015.

The measure to be tested is the introduction of automatic recognition in institutional recognition procedures.

FAIR aims to test how the recommendations can best be implemented in institutional recognition practices, making use of the collected good practice of the European Area of Recognition (EAR) manuals.

Automatic recognition is expected to simplify institutional recognition decisions, because substantial parts of the recognition procedure will be standardized.

The experience and recommendations on how to do this at national level will be made available by the FAIR project team for all EHEA countries. This will lead to faster and smoother recognition decisions.

National ENIC/NARIC office of the Agency for Science and Higher Education is one of the partners in this project that is coordinate by the Dutch NUFFIC . The duration of the project is 28 month.