Diplomas are issued by the founding University of Rome Sapienza with the signature of the Rectors/Presidents of the Universities that formally agreed to confer the degree. It carries the logos of the network partner universities belonging to the European Scientific Board and its history from outset linked via the EU Institutional Contract.
The diploma certifies conferral of the European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication degree. It indicates the first and last name, date and place of birth of the recipient, as well as the date that the European Doctorate was awarded.
In addition to the diploma, a Final Jury certificate is issued. It contains the composition (name and institutions) of the International Evaluation Board (Final Jury) and their signatures. It also mentions the national tutors and foreign supervisors institutions, the title and language of the full and short version of the dissertation defended by the doctoral candidate as well as his/her name, country of residence and academic years of enrolment. Conferral of the degree depends on the prior evaluation of academic credits earned via training received during his/her European/International Joint PhD programme, including mobility “stages” completed by the doctoral candidate in partner institutions in countries other than the one of the main host institution.
The diploma was registered at the seven universities (University of Rome Sapienza, Italy, Aix-Marseille Université, France; Paul Valéry University of Montpellier III; University Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Iasi, Romania; Masaryk University, Brno; Czech Republic; Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain; Universitat de Valencia, Spain) that until 2017 have jointly conferred the degree. Since 2018 the joint degree will not include the signature of the Rectors Spanish Universities. In accordance with the Spanish Royal Decree 861/2010 of 2nd July, that regulates tertiary education under the framework of the European Higher Education Area, - and in accordance with the Italian Ministerial Decree D.M. n. 45 8th February 2013 on the Regulations on the modalities of the accreditation of the doctorate and the Final Document on the Accreditation of the Doctorates approved by the President of the ANVUR National Agency for the Evaluation of the Universities and Research Institutes on 21 February 2014 - that both establish that the joint Doctorate programmes awarded with the Erasmus Mundus label by the European Commission are “automatically accredited” and considered that the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate action has been integrated in the Marie Curie EJD action (and its predecessor IDP in which the program "The European Joint Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication: an innovative doctoral program in a networked international research training environment" – SoReComJointIDP – has already been approved from 2013-2017 by REA-European Research Executive Agency, within the framework of the 7th Framework Programme PEOPLE Networks for Initial Training - Contract n° PITN-GA-2013-607279), providing the respect of the requirement to obtain the legal value of the joint diploma in accordance to the Spanish rules cited in the Inter-institutional agreement (based on the Real Decreto 861/2010, de 2 de julio).
However following recent communication (starting from April 2018), the co-ordinating Sapienza University has been informed that the steps needed to register the title in the Spanish Registration, according to the procedures with the ANECA, have not been properly followed by the two Spanish Universities. The procedures for the accreditation have been regularly followed by Sapienza in accordance with Italian legislation and university regulation and renewed at yearly basis with our ANVUR (National Agency for Evaluation University and Research) and MIUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research).
In order to solve this unexpected problem, from the current year 2018, Sapienza University and the Spanish Universities are negotiating the change of their inter-institutional agreements, moving back to the status of collaborative Universities (subscribed until 2014), among partners who participate in the training activities of the program, without signing the joint diploma.
A printed and electronic format copy of full and short version of the final dissertation is preserved at the founding University of Rome "La Sapienza" and filled in its on-line institutional repository.