Improves international transparency.
The Diploma Supplement (DS) is a document accompanying a higher education diploma, providing a standardised description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by its holder.
It is produced by the higher education institutions according to standards agreed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.
The supplement is designed as an aid to help (but not guarantee) recognition – it is not a CV or a substitute for the original qualification.
The Diploma Supplement includes the following information:
- Details of the holder of the qualification
- Information on the qualification
- Information on the level and purpose of the qualification
- Information on the content and the results achieved
- Certification of the addition
- Disclosures on the national higher education system
- Other relevant information
Graduates in all countries participating in the Bologna Process have a right to have the Diploma Supplement issued automatically, free of charge and in a widely used European language.
The Diploma Supplement
- is an easily understandable and internationally comparable diploma.
- contains a detailed description of the curriculum and skills acquired during the course of study.
- enables objectivity and a fair assessment of achievements and competencies.
- enables easier access to job opportunities or further studies abroad.
- promotes transparency (employers are more and more interested in the student profile, which is described in the Diploma Supplement).
The Diploma Supplement
- facilitates academic and professional recognition, thus increasing the transparency of qualifications.
- helps to preserve the autonomy of countries/institutions while providing a single framework that is recognised across Europe.
- promotes informed assessment of qualifications that can be understood in other educational contexts.
- raises the profile of the institution abroad.
- promotes the employability of qualification holders nationally and internationally.
- helps save time by providing answers to a whole range of questions that institutions' administrators are repeatedly asked about the content and transferability of degrees.
The Diploma Supplement was already introduced at the FHV in 2003. Every graduate of the FHV automatically receives the Diploma Supplement in English and German. There is no charge for the initial issuance.
For the exemplary implementation of the Diploma Supplement, the FHV was awarded the Diploma Supplement Label by the European Commission in 2005, in 2010 and in 2013.