The recognition of diplomas from foreign universities is a too complex bureaucratic procedure in the Czech Republic. Photo: Pixabay

Prague, Oct 13 (CTK) – The recognition of diplomas from foreign universities is a too complex bureaucratic procedure in the Czech Republic, which contributes to brain drain from the country, European Parliament Vice-President Pavel Telicka (unaffiliated, fro ANO) told journalists today.

Both the government and Czech universities should be seeking ways of facilitating the decision-making on foreign diplomas, he added.

“This is almost absurd that we do not recognise diplomas of the graduates from Oxford, Cambridge and other universities that are listed in the top 20 or 30 in the world,” Telicka said.

He points out that Oxford automatically recognises Czech secondary-school leaving exams.

Students from foreign universities who want to work in the state sector or continue to study at universities to achieve a doctorate in the Czech Republic, must have their diplomas recognised within the process called “nostrification.”

This process lasts from six months up to two and a half years, student Jakub Cervenka, from the University of Warwick, Britain, said at a joint press conference with Telicka.

This actually prevents a smooth transfer from a foreign to Czech university and might also complicate the graduates’ professional career in a new post, he added.

According to Telicka, this procedure discourages Czech students from returning home and using their experience from foreign schools. The Czech Republic thereby loses part of its intellectual potential, he said.

Telicka is of the view that no new laws had to be adopted or changes made on the EU level to improve the situation. It would suffice to modify the Education Ministry’s decrees and Czech universities’ internal regulations, he added.

He said he would like to deal with the matter more in detail after the October 20-21 election to the Chamber of Deputies.

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