Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-19, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2019.


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Mutual recognition

core definition

Mutual recognition is agreement between two (or more) organisations to recognise each other's processes or programmes

explanatory context

Mutual recognition may between higher education institutions, quality or accrediting agencies or professional bodies.

analytical review

The UNESCO definition of:

Mutual Recognition: Agreement by two or more institutional bodies to validate each other’s degrees, programmes, or institutions and/or affirmation by two or more quality assurance or accrediting agencies that the methodology of the agencies are sound and that the procedures are functioning accordingly. (Vlãsceanu et al. 2004, p.55)

associated issues


related areas

See also

academic recognition

professional recognition



Vlãsceanu, L., Grünberg, L., and Pârlea, D., 2004, Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Definitions (Bucharest, UNESCO-CEPES) Papers on Higher Education, ISBN 92-9069-178-6, available at, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 29 December 2016.

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