RecoNow Tempus Project

RecoNow - ENPI South: 'Knowledge of recognition procedures in ENPI South countries'

This 3-year, Tempus-funded project is targeted at ministries and universities in Palestine and Jordan with the cooperation of the following EU partners: Italy, France and Ireland.

The aim of RecoNow project is to increase the quality of vertical and horizontal student mobility between Middle Eastern and European higher education systems. Partners involved in this project aim to improve competencies and skills of credential evaluators by defining common practices and realising common tools among European and Middle Eastern national bodies and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), starting from the experience of European HEIs in relation to the Bologna Process and practices adopted by ENIC/NARIC centres.

RecoNow Final Conferences

The Final Conferences for the RecoNow Project took place in Amman, Jordan on 6-7th April, 2016 and in Bologna, Italy on the 10-11th May, 2016. The Conference in Amman was attended by two U.C.C. staff, Michelle Nelson, Graduate Studies, and Sheila Ronan, QPU.  

RecoNow - Final Conferences


'Recognition of qualifications and internationalisation of higher education in the Euro-Mediterranean Region'

 University of Petra – Amman, Jordan - 07 April 2016

University of Bologna – Bologna, Italy – 10 May 2016

As part of EU-funded programmes, there are now many opportunities for students and staff to develop new collaborations and study abroad opportunities with universities in other countries. These opportunities benefit both students and academics by opening up cross-border access to a variety of learning and teaching opportunities. The programmes also benefit the institutions involved by introducing a more internationalised environment and increasing contact with international networks.

To enable and support mobile and international students in taking advantage of these opportunities, universities and public authorities in charge of higher education have to have exchange processes which facilitate understanding of the reciprocal university systems, qualifications and related awards and documents. 

The EU-funded Tempus project RECONOW focuses on this challenge and on developing tools and practices to support universities, higher education ministries, national credential evaluation centres and the higher education community, with a particular focus on the Euro-Mediterranean higher education community, and how to enhance recognition and accreditation practices in this area.  This is particularly relevant as the universities in the Euro-Mediterranean Region provide great opportunities to study abroad in one of the EU or Southern Mediterranean countries.

The main outcomes of the RecoNow Project will be presented during two final conferences in Jordan and Italy in April and May, 2016, respectively. Both conferences will include a morning plenary session with international experts and several afternoon workshops.


Preliminary agenda:

Registration is free of charge and is open on-line at 

RecoNow Project Meeting - Paris, October 2015

RecoNow Project Meeting, Paris.

‌The RecoNow Project is nearing the end of it's 2.5year cycle and, in order to discuss the outstanding and current work on the project, a meeting was held in Paris at the Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques on the 19-21st October. The project is due for completion in the Spring of 2016. The above photo includes representatives from universities in Jordan and Palestine along with their EU partners (Italy, France and Ireland) who took part in the proceedings. UCC was represented at the meetings by Prof. Alan Kelly (Interim Director, QPU) and Sheila Ronan (QPU).

RecoNow website update

The following is the link to the RecoNow Project website:


RecoNow Study Visit to UCC 2014

RecoNow Study Visit to UCC

Pictured during their Study Visit to U.C.C. are members of the RecoNow Delegation with Fiona Crozier, Director, QPU. From left to right: Sami Sader, An-Najah National University, Palestine; Yousef Al Qahwaji, University of Petra; Mohamadnabil Dabdoub, Birzeit University, Palestine; Fiona Crozier, QPU; Hadeel Boshmaf, The University of Jordan.

RecoNow Study Visit to U.C.C.

As part of the schedule of activities under the RecoNow Project, training for university staff from Jordan and Palestine took place in Bordeaux, France from the 3rd-7th November, 2014. Ciara McKernan, International Education; Aoife Ní Neill, Quality Promotion Unit and Paul O'Donovan, Academic Secretary, represented U.C.C. at this event. 

Subsequent to the completion of this training, 4 x representatives from the Middle Eastern countries involved will attend a Study Visit in U.C.C. from the 10-12th November

We look forward to welcoming the RecoNow Delegation to U.C.C.. 

RecoNow Kick-off Meeting

RecoNow Kick-off Meeting, Amman, Jordan - Feb. 2014

RecoNow Kick-off Meeting, Amman, Jordan

The Kick-off Meeting for the RecoNow Project took place in Amman, Jordan from the 24-27th February, 2014. All partner and European countries were represented including 3 x members of staff from U.C.C., namely Dr. Norma Ryan, Jennifer Murphy, Head of Admissions and Sheila Ronan, Quality Promotion Unit. The Kick-off meeting was held in the Princess Sumaya University for Technology over a 2.5 day period. The RecoNow Delegation were warmly welcomed by Professor Issa Batarseh, President, Princess Sumaya University for Technology. Dr. Norma Ryan gave a presentation to the gathering on University College Cork and the Quality Assurance in the university here. The Quality Promotion Unit looks forward to hosting a group of visiting delegates from the RecoNow project in November, 2014. 

RecoNow Project Partners

Partners involved in the RecoNow Project include:

  • Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan
  • Higher Education Accreditation Commission, Jordan
  • Association of Arab Universities, Jordan
  • Petra University, Jordan
  • The University of Jordan, Jordan
  • Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Jordan
  • Ministry of Higher Education, Palestine
  • Birzeit University, Palestine
  • An-Najah National University, Palestine
  • Associazione CIMEA, Italy
  • JCP SRL, Italy
  • Université Bordeaux 1, France
  • Centre International d’Etudes Pedagogiques, France
  • University College Cork, Ireland

Quality Enhancement Unit

Aonad Feabhsaithe Cáilíochta

Room 2.18, West Wing, UCC