Definition and Usage of Diplomas
– A diploma is a document awarded by an educational institution testifying the recipient has graduated.
– It may also refer to a charter or official document of diplomacy.
– The term diploma is also used in historical contexts to refer to documents signed by a monarch affirming a grant or tenure of specified land and its conditions.
– The certificate that a Nobel laureate receives is also called a diploma.
– The diploma may also be called a testamur, degree certificate, graduation certificate, or parchment.

Diplomas in Australia
– In Australia, there are three recognized varieties of Diploma: Diploma, Advanced Diploma, and Graduate Diploma.
– Diploma is a level five qualification granted by vocational education and training (VET) sector or university.
– Advanced Diploma is equivalent to an Australian Associate Degree and is the second year of a bachelor’s degree.
– Graduate Diploma is undertaken after completing a bachelor’s degree and can be in a different field.
– These diplomas are forms of degrees, with Diploma being the entry level for higher education.

Diplomas in Canada
– In Ontario, Canada, diplomas are two and three year academic post-secondary programs.
– Two-year programs are referred to as college diplomas, while three-year programs are called Ontario College Advanced Diplomas.
– Baccalaureate degrees in Ontario are commonly a year longer than an Advanced Diploma.
– The Canadian school system uses credits to calculate the value of a course load towards a diploma.
– For example, one college course delivered over 14 weeks of a semester counts for 3 credits towards a 2-year program.

Diplomas in Germany and European Countries
– In Germany, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, and other countries, Diploma is the standard academic degree.
– It requires at least 3.5 years to complete and is comparable to a bachelor’s and master’s degree in one.
– For more detailed information about the German Diploma, see Diplom.

Diplomas in Greece, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom
– In Greece, diplomas can be awarded by educational institutes as proof of a certain educational level.
– In New Zealand, different levels of diplomas are awarded based on credit points and level of education.
– In Pakistan, diplomas are earned in professional/vocational courses such as Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy.
– In Singapore, diplomas are awarded after a three-year course offered by polytechnics and arts institutions.
– In Spain, university diplomas are issued in the name of the King and are internationally recognized.
– In the United Kingdom, diplomas refer to various types of qualifications, but are never equivalent to a degree. Different types of diplomas are offered by universities in the UK.

Note: The content has been organized into 5 comprehensive groups based on the similarities and concepts discussed.Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diploma