The Diploma Supplement (DS) is a document founded by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and Unesco/Cepes as part of the Bologna Process to facilitate the standardization of qualifications on a European and international scale. The document is opportune both for those students continuing studies in academic institutes as well as for those entering the world of work.
The document must be filled out in English and in Italian. It supplements and completes the official qualification containing a description of the knowledge and expertise acquired by the student at the end of the chosen course as well as a general description of the national education system.
The document summarizes the following in 8 sections: personal data, educational qualification, level of qualification, information on contents and results gained, function of qualification, additional information, certification of the supplement, description of the national higher education system. Once the document is filled out by the student inserting the title within the Italian Qualification Framework (QTI) it can then be compared to the European Qualification Framework (EQF)
The DS is issued to all Graduates of degree courses (under the new education system) according to Law n.508 dated the 21st of December 1999
It is issued at the end of each cycle of courses (First Level Three Year courses- Second Level Two Year Courses- Third Level Post Graduate Courses) together with the original educational qualification automatically and free of charge.
Graduates of degree courses under the previous education system are not eligible for the DS (Education Systems preceding Ministerial Decree 508/509). The Accademia has prearranged the issuance of a certificate in Italian and English with the conversion of the exams taken under the new educational system, in accordance to the Ministerial Decree n.50 dated the 1st of March 2012.
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