The Council of Europe gives international NGOs (INGOs) the opportunity to obtain participatory status. The Council’s long tradition of consulting with INGOs dates back to the introduction of ‘consultative status’ for such organisations in 1952. In 2003, and in recognition of the important role played by INGOs, the Council of Europe decided to replace ‘consultative status’ with ‘participatory status’.
Recognition and partnerships
INGO at the Council of Europe
The FEDE is one of the INGOs enjoying participatory status at the Council. Twice a year it joins 400 other INGOs in Strasbourg for the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.
On 29 June 2017 the Chairwoman of the FEDE Claude Vivier le Got was elected Chairwoman of the Education and Culture Committee of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.
International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF)
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), often shortened to ‘La Francophonie’, is composed of 88 States and governments (54 full members, 7 associate members and 27 observers) – over a third of UN Member States.
France is the Organisation’s leading contributor and supports its activities to promote education, higher education and research. In particular, the country contributes to goalsetting in the Organisation and the monitoring of associated francophone education and research programmes.
During the 15th Summit of the OIF in Dakar in 2014, the heads of OIF-Member States and Governments decided to equip La Francophonie with a new tool to help its Members improve their educational systems: the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’Education et la Formation (IFEF).
The IFEF runs cooperation programmes in the education sector, according a particular priority to basic education and vocational and technical training.
The IFEF also helps build the capacities of OIF Member States and Governments and partners, thereby improving the quality of French-language teaching and teaching in French.
France Compétences is a French public administrative institution that was officially established on 5 September 2018. Since 1 January 2019 it has been in charge of managing two official lists of educational qualification: the RNCP (Répertoire national des certifications professionnelles and the RS (Répertoire spécifique).
France Compétences studies RNCP and RS registration requests in line with the criteria set out in the Decree of 18 December 2018 concerning the official inclusion of vocational and other qualifications and accreditations in the national registers.
The FEDE currently offers two level-seven professional qualifications (Human Resources Manager and IT Project Manager) and a level-six professional qualification (Marketing and Commercial Manager) registered in the RNCP. It also offers 11 RS-registered professional qualifications.
Established in the 2000s by the FSEA (Swiss Federation for Adult Learning), the eduQua label aims to meet the needs of the market and help recruiters identify the leading training organisations.
The label certifies the quality of training institutions on the basis of six criteria: the institution’s course catalogue, the quality of training provided, the availability of information, the quality of its teachers, its quality management system and its management goals.
The presence of the eduQua label on a degree or diploma certificate is a real bonus for young professionals entering the job market since it testifies to the quality of the programme they have followed. In 2018 the FSEA endowed the FEDE with the eduQua mark of excellence. The label was renewed in 2019, with the FEDE receiving praise in particular for its impartial examinations system.
FEDE degrees have been certified by the IACBE (International Accreditation Council for Business Education).
The IACBE is an international accrediting organisation based in the United States. Like the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), it is recognised by the CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation).
The IACBE assists higher education institutions in implementing high-quality teaching programmes across the world.
The organisation promotes excellence, both in terms of teaching and graduate career prospects.
The FEEF (Fédération des Entreprises et des Entrepreneurs de France) is a major professional federation with over 800 member businesses. It has recognised the FEDE’s European degrees – a testimony to the professional excellence of our Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Management.
In a convention signed by the two organisations, the FEEF and the FEDE set out their commitment to professional training for young people and to strengthening connections between businesses and the FEDE’s international alumni network.
This strategic partnership is intended to serve as a springboard to employment for FEDE graduates. It boosts graduates’ job prospects and builds bridges between FEDE institutions and FEEF-member businesses.
Established in 1962, the FNIH is composed of 12 regional hotel industry associations (Associations Régionales de l’Industrie Hôtelière, ARIH) and hotel chains representing 3600 accommodation centres across Morocco.
The FNIH acts on behalf of hotels, representing them before the public authorities and providing sector-relevant procedural information, advice and assistance.
Working in partnership with relevant operators, the FNIH plays an important role in human resources training, the promotion of a healthy tourism environment, the structuring of hotel careers and the promotion of tourism in Morocco.
Through its agreement with the FEDE, the FNIH has recognised the usefulness and quality of the following FEDE educational programmes: Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality, European Bachelor’s in Tourism and Hospitality, European Bachelor’s in Spa Business Management, European Master’s in Tourism Management and Strategy. The FNIH considers these programmes to provide professional skills corresponding to the requirements of Morocco’s thriving tourism and hospitality sector (the country’s second sector in terms of job creation and GDP).
Founded in 1989 by the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Salamanca (Spain), ALTE is a British INGO and official network of European language test providers. ALTE works to promote accurate evaluation of language skills in Europe and across the world.
The FEDE has the status of institutional affiliate at ALTE. It contributes to ALTE projects and benefits from the Association’s linguistic expertise and reputation for quality.
The FEDE’s Modern European Language Certificate tests and certifies all four language skills: written and spoken comprehension and expression. It allows successful test takers to evidence their knowledge of a modern language and their ability to communicate successfully in a range of professional contexts.
UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.