Beykent University has been awarded the Diploma Supplement Label by the European Commission.Beykent University has been awarded the Diploma Supplement Label* by the European Commission in the course of its alignment with the Bologna Framework. With this label awarded to 73 universities around Europe this year, Beykent University has taken a giant step in globalization and its diplomas being recognized by EU countries. 

Intense efforts conducted for the Bologna Framework alignment over the last two years have produced this initial result; therefore, an achievement that honours all our members has been gained. As the efforts about Bologna Framework have almost been completed, new recognition labels will soon follow Diploma Supplement Label. Completing interior and exterior quality processes, Beykent University is persuing accreditation of all its departments. 

We congratulate our entire academic and administrative staff who contributed to this study and wish this success gained by attaining Diploma Supplement Label in Bologna Framework brings the best to all our students.

Beykent University Rectorate

*What is the Diploma Supplement Label?

Diploma Supplement (DS) is one of the elements of the Bologna Process that aims to constitute the European Higher Education Area in which our country takes its place. In accordance with the Article IX.3 of “Convention On The Recognition Of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education In The European Region”, the countries to have signed the convention “shall promote, through the national information centres or otherwise, the use of the UNESCO/Council of Europe Diploma Supplement or any other comparable document by the higher education institutions of the Parties. Diploma Supplement is a form designed in a “common and understandable format” in relation to the diplomas and degrees in the European Higher Education Area. This document as a supplement aims to support the international transparency and helps the relevant institutions and organizations with the recognition of degrees and diplomas attained abroad. 

The Diploma Supplement is an annex, an explanatory note attached to a diploma awarded by a higher education institution. It helps to explain the diploma which may often be understood only within the country concerned. When fully completed this document provides all the information necessary  to make a valid assessment of any degree or qualification.

The Diploma Supplement is being issued in a widely spoken European language, given automatically and free of charge to every student upon graduation. 

The reason why Diploma Supplement is needed is that nations have to restructure their educational structures due to rapid economic, politic and technological changes. As a result of an increase in labour force mobility, the need for a fair recognition of individuals’ diplomas has arisen. Consequently, thanks to the label standardized by DS studies, the recognition problem has been resolved. Concurrently, the Diploma Supplement (DS) accompanies a higher education diploma, providing a standardized description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by its holder.

For students, the Diploma Supplement offers:

A diploma that is more readable and easily comparable abroad; 
A precise description of their academic career and the competencies acquired during the study period; 
An objective description of their achievements and competencies; 
Easier access to opportunities of work or further studies abroad;

For higher education institutions, the benefits are:
It facilitates academic and professional recognition, thus increasing the transparency of qualifications; 
It protects national/institutional autonomy while offering a common frame which is accepted all over Europe; 
It promotes informed judgements about qualifications that can be understood in another educational context; 
It raises the visibility of the institution abroad; 
It promotes the employability of their graduates at national and international level; 

Why is Diploma Supplement needed?

New qualifications proliferate worldwide and countries are constantly changing their qualification systems and educational structures. With an increasing number of mobile citizens seeking fair recognition of their qualifications outside their home countries, the non-recognition and poor evaluation of qualifications is now a global problem. Since original credentials alone do not provide sufficient information, it is very difficult to gauge the level and function of a qualification without detailed explanations.

The Diploma Supplement is a response to these challenges;
aiding mobility and access to lifelong learning opportunities. 
It promotes transparency in higher education and fair and informed judgements about qualifications. 
It also accommodates rapid changes in qualifications.