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Samples of educational documents are gathered and presented in this section. The samples are systematized by the years, and cover a period from 1961 till today and contain description and mandatory elements of the format. It should be noted that the transition from one document sample to another was often not immediate. That is why an old and new design of documents could have been used during this transitional period. Nevertheless, a single sample and unified letterheads of documents on education have been approved and used by all educational and research institutions until September, 2014.

Due to the entry into force of new Law of Ukraine "On Higher Education",

dated September 6, 2014, the rules of drawing up the documents on higher education have been significantly changed.

For the moment, a unified sample of higher education document does not exist; diplomas and their supplements issued by different universities may vary in appearance. However, there are some requirements for layout of diplomas and their supplements. It is mandatory for documents to be registered at the Higher Education Document Register (USEDE - Unified State Electronic Database on Education), and the documents of state-standard must include and represent an approved list of information.

Therefore we can distinguish such stages of change in the educational document layout:

1. From 1993 till 1997, all educational documents were made by printing method; the letterheads were common for the whole country;

2. Since 1997 there has begun a transition of drawing up the certificates on basic secondary education, certificates on completed general secondary education and diplomas on higher education of unified model (plastic cards) using photo and computer technologies. Supplements to these documents on education are issued on the approved letterheads, common for the whole country;

3. Since 2014 documents on higher education may be made out of any material. Higher educational institutions have the right to issue diplomas of their own sample after completing of non-accredited program and diplomas of state-standard on accredited program, which include the list of mandatory information.

Note! The transitional period in the form of educational documents:

1) from 1991 to 1993 - the issuance of educational documents on the forms both the Soviet and Ukrainian symbols;

2) from 1997 to 2000 - the issuance of educational documents both paper and plastic forms;

3) from 2014 to 2015 - the issuance of documents on higher education, both on the previous year’s sample forms, and on forms approved by the universities.

During the transitional period the documents issuance, both on the previous forms, and the current sample was considered as legitimate.