Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Poland at Law: Pragmatic Quid-Pro-Quo Nostrification
by West, Christopher P., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2006, 247; 13890486
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation demonstrates that bodies of recognition have administrative procedural misgivings in their attempts at statutory recognition of foreign qualification implementation. Findings show that remedy exists within institutional policies and that those perplexed by innovative legislation need to focus upon policy. Whereas reported delays in processing may cause counter-productive delays at cross-border mobility and delay exchanges in academic and economic development, it is necessary to identify lapses or misunderstandings in order to clarify any administrative processes granted by national authorities in Poland. Faculties require a handbook on administrative procedure.

Competent academic and technical faculties require administrative procedure rules and regulations, set forth by bodies of responsibility, in order to implement laws on mobility and freedom of cross-border movement. Legislated recognition of foreign qualifications requires detailed non-legislative administrative procedure guidelines for a competent faculty responsible in academic performance to perform non-academically.

At first, The Republic of Poland codified the Act on Academic Title and Academic Degrees on 12 September 1990 (Dziennik Ustaw No. 65, item 386) with the Regulation of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers on the Rules and Procedure for Nostrification of Academic Degrees Abroad on 22 July 1991 (Dziennik Ustaw 1991, No. 69, item 296) and placed the responsibility of recognition of foreign qualifications on its own higher educational institutions. However their has been some difficulty in implementing the process of recognizing foreign qualifications, as universities and their faculty do not always comply with statutory intent. It seems that various bodies responsible for recognition interpret the laws to mean that authority for nostrification lies outside of their realm and with institutions such as the Ministry of Education.

This dissertation examines possible causes for incomplete legislation in matters of university processes of nostrification application. Initially, Polish institutions of higher education were sent questionnaires and there results reported in “Pragmatic Quid-Pro- Quo Nostrification”. Results showed that only one group of universities responded positively on the administrative process in nostrification, but another group did not respond. A third group responded writing recognition of academic qualifications should be directed to other authorities.

The results are within this dissertation. In order for a pragmatic quid-pro-quo nostrification implementation to take place, bodies of recognition and academic regulatory institutions must insure dissemination and training is received by the universities charged with accepting foreign equivalency recognition applications. PALPQPQN is created by legislation, but implemented by administrative procedure.

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School: Washington University in St. Louis
Department: Law
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, East European Studies, International Relations
Keywords: Eastern european culture, Micro-cultural anthropology, Poland foreign affairs, Poland: economic v education, Poland: global relations, Post-communist eastern europe
Publication Number: 13890486
ISBN: 9781392078464
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