Vienna, 16 November 2007 Press release

"Great success in the degree negotiations in Rome"


Important relief for South Tyrolean students in Austria

Vienna, 16 November 2007 - The 20th Austro-Italian expert conference on the recognition of academic degrees and titles, which took place in Rome on 15 November 2007, was very productive. The Austrian delegation consisting of experts from the Federal Ministry of Science and Research, the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, the University of Innsbruck and the Tyrol provincial government was headed by Dr. Clemens Koja from the Foreign Ministry.

An agreement was concluded with Italy on the mutual recognition of 52 masters’ degree courses with an option for the recognition of five further courses in the near future. This is of importance above all for South Tyrolean students in Austria. The work of the expert commission with new comparisons will be continued in spring in Vienna when it will verify further equivalences between Austrian and Italian degrees and titles.

The Austrian delegation also provided information about Fachhochschulen, which have been part of the Austrian tertiary education system since 1994. It was agreed to continue discussions on this subject.

Legal and parliamentary procedures are currently running in both countries for a rapid implementation of the grade equivalences agreed last year.

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