Higher education institution

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An establishment providing higher education and recognised by the competent authority of a [country] as belonging to its system of higher education.[1]

Generally, a higher education institution in the European Higher Education Area awards degrees linked to the first (e.g. Bachelor's degree), second (e.g. Master's degree) and/or third (e.g. Doctorate degree) cycle of the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area.


  1. Council of Europe, (1997) Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region. Lisbon, p. 4.