Academic recognition regards higher education qualifications and refers to the procedure and process of acknowledging and accepting qualifcations coming from other institutions and/or other countries.
The academic year covers the annual cycle of a university or a national higher education system from the yearly starting date to the finishing date. The academic year normally encompasses teaching, learning and assessment activities and can be divided up in terms, semesters and trimesters.
The right of qualified candidates to apply and to be considered for admission to higher education. (Not to be confused with 'Admission' here below.)
An accreditation agency is an independent organisation that takes formal decisions indicating that programmes and/or institutions meet the organisation's predefined quality standards.
A panel consisting of people with relevant expertise responsible for the assessment of a programme and/or insitution and who are external of the programme and/or institution being assessed.
An Associate degree refers to the qualification awarded after successfull completion of the so-called short cycle in the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area. The short cycle fits within or is linked to the first cycle. The degree requires approximately 120 ECTS credits.
See quality audit.
Autonomy is being able to undertake activities without seeking permission from a controlling body.