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National Education Information Centre
The National Education Information Centre (NEIC) provides information and advice on the New Zealand education system, secondary and tertiary qualifications, and recognition of overseas qualifications.
As part of New Zealand's entry to the Lisbon Recognition Convention, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) was designated as New Zealand's National Education Information Centre.
The role of the NEIC is to provide information and advice on:
- the recognition of foreign diplomas, degrees and other academic or professional qualifications
- the New Zealand education system and education systems in other countries
If you need more information about one of these areas, ask the NEIC.
Lisbon Recognition Convention
New Zealand has a common educational heritage with many European countries, and there is significant mobility of students, staff and workers between New Zealand and Europe. In order to facilitate this movement, and the mutual recognition of qualifications, New Zealand formally joined the Lisbon Recognition Convention in February 2008.
The Council of Europe – UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in the European Region 1997 (Lisbon Recognition Convention) is an agreement to improve the recognition of qualifications, so that students and skilled workers can move between European countries. This convention provides the legal framework and defines the functions of a national education information centre.
Under the Lisbon Recognition Convention, New Zealand is also obliged to promote a Diploma Supplement (Tertiary Education Qualification Statement), which is a document that provides tailored information to international audiences to help them understand and recognise New Zealand qualifications.
The European Network of Information Centres (ENIC) network is made up of national information centres.
The National Academic Recognition Information Centres (NARIC) network was created in 1984. The network aims at improving academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study in the member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Central and Eastern European countries.
Visit the ENIC-NARIC website.
UNESCO Portal to Recognized Higher Education Institutions
The UNESCO Portal to Recognized Higher Education Institutions offers access to on-line information on higher education institutions recognised or otherwise sanctioned by competent authorities in participating countries. It provides students, employers and other interested parties with access to authoritative and up-to-date information on the status of higher education institutions and quality assurance in these countries. Visit the New Zealand page on the UNESCO Portal.