Diploma Supplement (DS)


The Diploma Supplement model was developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair 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 pursued and 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. Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided, an explanation should give the reason why.

The Diploma Supplement (DS) is issued by the International Center of Advanced Mediterranena Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) for the post-graduate programmes implemented at its constituent Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) since the academic year 2005/2006.

The DS is issued according to the Academic Regulations approved by the Governing Board of CIHEAM in compliance with the following decisions:Decision 108CA(03)2 amended by decisions:111CA(04)6 /13 December 2004;114CA(06)10 /19 June 2006; 117CA(07)8 /7 June 2007; 119CA(08)2 / 6 June 2008:

  • automatically to every CIHEAM/MAICh student succesfully graduating along with their original diploma or degree
  • free of charge
  • in English language

The DS contains the following information:

1. Information identifying the holder of the qualification

1.1. Family name(s)

1.2. Given Name(s)

1.3. Date of birth (day/month/year)

1.4. Student identification number or code (if available)

2. Information identifying the qualification

2.1. Name of the qualification and (if applicable) title conferred

2.2. Main field(s) of study for the qualification

2.3. Name and status of awarding institution (in original language)

2.4. Name and status of institution (if different from 2.3) administering studies (in original language)

2.5. Language(s) of instruction/examination

3. Information on the level of the qualification

3.1. Level of qualification

3.2. Official length of programme

3.3. Access requirements(s)

4. Information on the contents and results gained

4.1. Mode of study

4.2. Programme requirements

4.3. Programme details (e.g., modules or units studied), and the individual grades/marks/credits obtained
(if this information is available on an official transcript this should be used here.)

4.4. Grading scheme and, if available, grade distribution guidance

4.5. Overall classification of the qualification (in original language)

5. Information on the function of the qualification

5.1. Access to further study

5.2. Professional status (if applicable)

6. Additional information

6.1. Additional information

6.2. Further information sources

7. Certification of the supplement

7.1. Date

7.2. Signature

7.3. Capacity

7.4. Official stamp or seal

8. Information on the national higher education system

Last update: Apr 16, 2014