March 23, 2008
Among the four rights of EU citizens are the rights to work and study anywhere in the EU. There is the ‘Bologna process’, designed to help streamline the educational systems of the member states, but one essential aspect is missing – a universal grading method.
Each country still has a different method of classifying the quality of one’s qualifications. In the UK, for example, you can have a First, Upper Second, Lower Second or Third class degree. In the Netherlands you might get a ‘cum laude’, but ultimately you are given a mark out of 10 (though no-one ever scores higher than nine). In Romania, it’s perfectly possible to get a clean sheet of perfect 10s on one’s final degree certificate.
It doesn’t make sense. By all means hold on to the quirks of individual systems, but on official certificates why not show the equivalent ‘European’ grade so that institutions and employers can easily compare candidates with different national qualifications?Author : EMI