This Diploma Supplement model was developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES.
The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It is free from any value judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition.
Every student of the Gnesin RAM has an opportunity to receive a Diploma Supplement in English after they finish their studies.
The Diploma Supplement contains all the necessary information on the education process and qualifications obtained at the Academy.
Founding Principles of the Diploma Supplement:
The Diploma Supplement is based on the following important founding principles that respect national and international academic autonomy. These principles also give some further explanation of the purpose and nature of the new version. The Diploma Supplement is:
1. a flexible, non-prescriptive tool, capable of adaptation to local needs. It can be used to replace or augment current approaches. Existing transcripts and explanatory systems can be integrated into the framework or be superseded by it. The supplement uses a sequence for the information that it is strongly recommended should be followed.
2. a device that has national and international applications. It has been designed to aid the resolution of international recognition problems as well as domestic ones. These have both been intensified by increasingly fast-changing and complex qualification and award structures.
3. a system to aid recognition for academic and professional purposes. It is potentially useful for all higher education institutions, professional bodies, students, employers, public bodies, governments and citizens.
4. an approach that specifically excludes claims and value-judgements concerning equivalence by providing sufficient objective information to allow the recipient to make his or her own judgements about the qualification in question. It is a system that does not guarantee automatic admission or recognition. It facilitates the process whereby judgements are made by autonomous national or local bodies (academic, professional, governmental, etc.) and therefore does not infringe local rights of judgement. It eases the process of access and recognition.
5. a tool that should be used with sensitivity. The recognition of foreign qualifications should be viewed as a process for the assessment of the competence, experience and knowledge acquired, recognising that ‘fair recognition’ and not exact equivalence should be sought. Users of the supplement are encouraged, where possible, to focus on the outcomes of the learning that has taken place and to make their judgements using the qualitative and quantitative information provided.
6. a set of guidelines that avoids the inclusion of so much detail that it confuses the user. This minimalist approach acknowledges the cost of producing the supplement and wherever possible advocates referral to other information sources that could be consulted. However, the Diploma Supplement should provide all the necessary information for a judgement to be made without repeated demands for more data.
7. an addition to the original credential. The credential should remain unchanged from its normal state (in its approved language and textural form). The Diploma Supplement should accompany the authentic credential that certifies the award. It is not a substitute for it. Furthermore, the Diploma Supplement can be used in conjunction with other appropriate documentation, including curriculum vitae, etc. a person may well have several Diploma Supplements, each accompanying an individual qualification.