The Diploma Supplement at the MCI
Every student obtains automatically upon graduation a Diploma Supplement free of charge. It is issued in both English and German.
The Diploma Supplement was introduced in 2006 at the Management Center Innsbruck. During the graduation ceremony in October 2006, it was for the first time awarded to the graduates of the Management Center Innsbruck.
As one of only 52 European institutions the MCI holds the Diploma Supplement Label for the period 2009-2013.
For further details regarding the Diploma Supplement please contact our ECTS-Coordinator Susanne Lichtmannegger.
About the Diploma Supplement
The Diploma Supplement (DS) is a document attached to a higher education diploma aiming at improving international ‘transparency' and at facilitating the academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. It is a flexible non-prescriptive tool which is designed to save time, money and workload. It is capable of adaptation to local needs.
The DS is produced by national institutions according to a template that has been developed by a Joint European Commission - Council of Europe - UNESCO working party that tested and refined it.
The DS is composed of eight sections (information identifying the holder of the qualification, information identifying the qualification, information on the level of the qualification, information on the contents and results gained, information on the function of the qualification, additional information, certification of the Supplement, information on the national higher education system). Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.
What it is not?
* It is not a Curriculum Vitae.
* It is not a substitute for the original qualification or a transcript.
* It is not an automatic system that guarantees recognition.
Example of a complete, filled-in Diploma Supplement with annexes
Benefits of the Diploma Supplement for Students
A diploma that is more readable and easily comparable abroad.
A precise description of their academic curriculum and on the competencies acquired during the study period.
Objectivity and a fair judgement of their achievements and competencies
An easier access to opportunities of work or further studies abroad_
It fosters their employability (employers are more and more interested by the student profile that is provided for in the DS).
Benefits of the Diploma Supplement for Institutions of Higher Education:
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.
It helps saving time since it provides the answers to a lot of recurrent questions put to administrative services in institutions about the content and portability of diplomas.