A European approach to micro-credentials

Micro-credentials offer more flexible and modular learning opportunities. Having a European approach will help widen learning opportunities and strengthen the role of higher education and vocational education and training institutions in lifelong learning. Under this context, the European Commission announced its plans to work towards a European Approach to Micro-credentials:In spring 2020, the European Commission established a Micro-Credentials Higher Education Consultation Group with experts from various backgrounds, expertise and countries to propose:
  • a common definition valid for all education and training sectors
  • a EU standard to characterise micro-credentials
  • a roadmap of actions needed at a European and national level to develop and implement this European approach to micro-credentials
The group, composed of practitioners working in national authorities, quality assurance agencies, higher education institutions and other relevant stakeholders from higher education, presented its outcomes to Commissioner Gabriel yesterday.You can find their report and its executive summary on our new Micro-credentials Webpage.The suggested actions focus mainly on the higher education field, as per mandate of the group, but also address elements of a broader scope to cater for the other education and training fields. The report is accompanied by a study of the Network of Experts working on the Social dimension of Education and Training (NESET) on micro-credentials.These outputs are only a starting point and will feed into wider consultations next year covering all sectors of education and training to prepare for a Council Recommendation on micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability, by the end of 2021.Source: https://ec.europa.eu/education/education-in-the-eu/european-education-area/a-european-approach-to-micro-credentials_en