Soviet Recognition of Foreign Higher Educational Credentials in the 1950-90s

This article studies USSR's unique experience in recognizing credentials issued by foreign educational institutions. It pays particular attention to the special circumstances of the country's involvement in education internationally in this respect. Because its definitions of basic terms in higher education did not correspond with those of its Western partners, cooperation between the USSR and foreign countries was mostly limited to UNESCO's standards, as well as bilateral agreements with "friendly" states. In addition to analyzing the evolution of its legal aspects, the authors also study the evolution of the administrative apparatus for recognizing foreign degrees. Beginning in the 1970s, special units of Patrice Lumumba University and the Scientific Research Institute of Higher School Problems have made important contributions in this regard. The authors consider cooperation between the USSR and the leading international organizations, such as UNESCO and the Council of Europe, as well. At the same time, they also study the Soviet Union's first steps in recognizing foreign educational standards in light of changes in the international political climate. In short, the article discusses the challenges of recognizing foreign higher education qualifications in the Soviet Union as well as the institutions charged with the task from 1950 to the early 1990s.

Publisher
Федеральное государственное автономное образовательное учреждение высшего образования Российский университет дружбы народов (РУДН)
Number of issue
3
Language
English
Pages
715-726
Status
Published
Volume
19
Year
2020
Keywords
USSR; Soviet Union; recognition of foreign education; recognition of foreign qualifications; equivalence; international cooperation; UNESCO; Council of Europe
Date of creation
02.11.2020
Date of change
02.11.2020
Short link
https://repository.rudn.ru/en/records/article/record/65860/
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Wu Y.Y.
Вестник Российского университета дружбы народов. Серия: История России. Федеральное государственное автономное образовательное учреждение высшего образования Российский университет дружбы народов (РУДН). Vol. 19. 2020. P. 699-714