What is Diploma Supplement? 

Diploma Supplement (DS) is a document attached to a higher education diploma in order to consolidate the international transparency and provide the academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates, and etc.).  It should be free from any value judgement, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition.  It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content, and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original diploma to which the diploma supplement is appended. It also accommodates to local needs.

Diploma Supplement is arranged in accordance with a template jointly prepared by national institutions, the European Commission, and a study group of UNESCO.

Diploma Supplement is composed of eight sections:

  • Identification of the individual awarded the Diploma Supplement
  • Acquired competency establishing the reason for the award of the Diploma Supplement
  • The level of the acquired competency recognized for the Diploma Supplement
  • The content and results of the acquired competency recognized for the Diploma Supplement
  • The function of the acquired competency recognized for the Diploma Supplement
  • Additional information
  • Official approval of the Diploma Supplement
  • Information about the national higher education system

What is not a Diploma Supplement?

  • It is not a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • It is not a substitute for a transcript or a diploma
  • It is not a document that guarantees academic or professional recognition automatically

What are the benefits of Diploma Supplement for students?

  • A diploma more readible and easily comparable abroad
  • A precise description of their academic development and qualifications acquired during the study period
  • An objective definition of their accomplishments and competencies
  • An easier access to opportunities of work and education abroad in the future
  • It fosters their employability

What are the benefits of Diploma Supplement for an higher education institution?

  • It facilitates academic and professional recognition through increasing the transparency of qualifications
  • It offers a common framework accepted all over Europe while protecting national and institutional independence
  • It promotes informed judgments about qualifications that can be understood in another educational context
  • It provides the visibility of the institution abroad
  • It raises the employability of their graduates at national and international level
  • It helps to save time by responding a series of recurrent questions directed to the administrative units of institutions related about the content and transferability of diplomas

Why is Diploma Supplement essential?

New qualifications are developing all over the world and the countries are constantly adapting their qualification systems and educational structures to rapid commercial, political, and 
technological advancements.  Mobil citizens, who are fast growing, are demanding the fair assessment of their competencies. Today, the lack of recognition of qualifications or their incomplete evaluation has become a global problem. Since the original documents themselves do not offer sufficient information, it is of extreme difficulty to evaluate the level and function of any qualification without providing detailed description.

In response to which difficulties Diploma Supplement has been produced?

  • It offers transparency in higher education
  • It promotes rapid change in qualifications
  • It facilitates the mobilization and makes the lifetime learning achieveable
  • It offers fair and reliable judgments about qualifications

Karabuk University was awarded the Diploma Supplement Label
by the European Commission

Karabuk University started its endeavors of internationalization and recognition within the Bologna Process when it was established in 2007 and its “Diploma Supplement” is now globally recognized.

It is essential that the diploma supplement of a University furnished to its graduates be approved by the European Commission for international recognition.  Harmonized by the Bologna Coordination Commission (BCC) and the Coordinatorship for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and Diploma Supplement (DS) and as a result of the combined efforts of the entire University, Karabuk University applied to the Turkish National Agency for Diploma Supplement on 15 May 2011.  In the end of an assessment made by the experts of the European Commission, Karabuk University, along with other 13 universities, was awarded the Diploma Supplement Label.  Therefore, Karabuk University, upon this award, has been accredited by the European Commission in terms of conferring of a diploma supplement. 

The number of Turkish universities, which have so far earned the right to receive the Diploma Supplement Label, has reached 25 in 2011 with a total of 7 in 2009, 4 in 2010, and 14 in 2011.

Professor Burhanettin Uysal, President of our University, has been invited to Copenhagen, capital city of Denmark, to receive the award for Diploma Supplement Label on 8 May 2012. 

President Uysal, in his statement regarding the topic, has addressed that "the change and the development that Karabuk University, moving ahead on its path to become a world university with such confidence, has showed in a period as short as four years are evident.  Karabuk University, adding new ones to its accomplishments every day, continues to be acknowledged and serve as a model in every venue.  This accomplishment belongs to us, all members of Karabuk University.  I congratulate my colleagues for their contribution and wish the continuation of our success in the days to come." 

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Samples of Diploma Supplement

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