Australia ratifies UNESCO Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education

30 Jan 2023

Australia has ratified the UNESCO Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education 2019 (Global Convention).

The Global Convention is the world’s first international treaty in higher education with global scope. It supports two‑way mobility through best principles and practices for the recognition of foreign qualifications.

Fair and transparent qualification assessments

The Convention commits countries to provide individuals with a fair and transparent assessment of their qualifications to access higher education in another country. It achieves this through a sustainable framework for global cooperation.

Anyone with an Australian qualification can have it assessed in a fair, transparent, non-discriminatory, and timely manner in another region of the world. This includes qualifications undertaken using diverse delivery modes beyond face-to-face learning. Examples include online or blended learning, offshore campus delivery, joint degrees and micro-credentials.

Ratification of the Global Convention is a significant milestone under the Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030. Australia’s participation will make it easier for Australian education institutions and their students to be more globally mobile than ever before.

Read the joint media release from the Minister for Education and the Minister for Skills and Training here.