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  • ECTS is used across Europe for credit transfer (student mobility) and credit accumulation (learning paths towards a degree). It also informs curriculum design and quality assurance. The ECTS label outlines the quality of information regarding study programmes, units of learning, etc… as well as practical information on services provided to mobile students. Course descriptions contain learning outcomes (what students are expected to know, understand and be able to do) and workload (the time students typically need to achieve the learning outcomes), expressed in terms of credits. In addition it guarantees the proper use of ECTS key documents (course catalogue available in English, learning agreement and transcript of records). The Diploma Supplement is a document attached to a higher education diploma to improve transparency and facilitate the academic and professional recognition of qualifications. It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were successfully completed by the individual. It is a flexible, non-prescriptive tool which is designed to save time, money and workload. It can be adapted to local needs. In 2008, the European Commission decided to re-launch the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and Diploma Supplement (DS) Label awards. Out of the 63 ECTS label applications submitted in 2009, 23 higher education institutions were awarded the label and from 161 DS label applications, 52 higher education institutions received the label. 10 institutions received both labels. The Labels were handed out by European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel' during a ceremony organised in Brussels in June.
  • Let me start by saying a few words about our Agency The Commission deals with policy initiatives , definition of the programme, the priorities and its impact . It works with the Members States the LLP committee and the NAs The Agency manages the whole lifecycle of the centralised actions, from publishing the call and selecting the projects, through to closure, and reporting on the results We are around 400 persons – both experts from the domain and managers from the Commission – and we aim to be a centre of excellence for programme management
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    • 1. ECTS and DS labels – 2009 - 2010 Bologna Experts Training Seminar “ Competences for the Future” Warsaw, 23 – 24 October 2009 Ruard Wallis de Vries - European Commission – Higher Education - Erasmus
    • 2. ECTS : very « easy » or very « EC » ?
      • Although ECTS has been part of the Bologna Process since 1999, it is still not fully implemented across all the countries.
      • ECTS credits are widely used for both credit accumulation and transfer, but there are two main challenges in fully implementing ECTS : measuring credits in terms of student workload and linking them with learning outcomes.
    • 3. Diploma Supplement (DS)
      • “ Founding fathers”, 1999
      • Berlin Communiqué ( 2003! ): every student graduating from 2005 should receive a Diploma Supplement automatically and free of charge, in a widely spoken European language.
    • 4. Diploma Supplement
      • Automatically ? In a significant number of countries: only in certain groups of institutions or for certain programmes
      • Free of charge ? In a few LLP countries, fees are still charged
      • Widely spoken European language ? Many countries opt for national / regional language first
      • => NEED for ECTS / DS incentives => labels
    • 5. ECTS and DS label: HOW
      • 1. Label promotion and counselling
      • The National Agency:
      • selects the Bologna Experts who will be assisting the HEI on their label applications.
      • outlines how the Bologna Experts promote the labels vis à vis the HEI.
      • The Bologna Experts
      • promote the ECTS and DS labels amongst HEI, explaining the conditions and criteria.
      • assist the HEI in preparing their application.
    • 6. ECTS and DS label: HOW
      • 2. Screening and pre-selection
      • The National Agency:
      • organise the first evaluation of proposals
      • forward the pre-selected applications to the Executive Agency.
      • The Bologna Experts:
      • assess the label applications
      • the assistance / evaluation of the label applications will not be performed by the same Bologna Experts/ECTS/DS counsellors.
    • 7. The Executive Agency and the European Commission Partners with complementary roles Directorates A & B Policy and Programmes European Commission Policy Programme implementation Centralised actions
      • Political and budgetary
      • priority setting
      • Chairing programme
      • committees
      • Impact analysis
      • Supervision of the EA
      • Management of decentralised actions via National Agencies
      • Management of centralised actions
      • Calls, selection, contracts
      • Monitoring, acceptance, payments
      • Clustering & dissemination
      • Results & feedback
      Executive Agency
    • 8. Selection 2009 ECTS LABELS – Results 1 Overall success rates NATIONAL AGENCIES EXECUTIVE AGENCY Total number of applications received Pre-selected applications Success rate at NA level Successful Rejected Success rate European level Total success rate 63 36 57% 23 13 64% 37%
    • 9. Selection 2009 ECTS LABELS – Results 2 Country Number of successful applications AT 2 BE (Flanders) 2 BE (Wallonia) 2 CZ 2 DE 1 DK 1 FI 1 IT 3 LT 1 NL 2 PL 1 PT 4 NO 1 TOTAL 23
    • 10. Selection 2009 DS LABELS – Results 1 Overall success rates NATIONAL AGENCIES EXECUTIVE AGENCY Total number of applications received Pre-selected applications Success rate at NA level Successful Rejected Success rate European level Total success rate 161 92 57% 52 40 57% 32%
    • 11. Selection 2009 DS LABELS – RESULTS 2 Country Number of successful applications AT 2 BG 1 CY 1 CZ 15 FI 5 IT 4 LV 1 LT 3 NL 2 NO 5 PT 3 TR 7 UK 3 TOTAL 52
      • The selection procedure was organised on the principle that both labels are labels of excellence
      • Higher success rate than in 2006
      • But high level of rejection for the DS label in some countries
      • Institutions will be informed of « common pitfalls »
      • Strengthening the collaboration of the National Agencies and the Executive Agency/Commission in the selection process
    • 13. Behaviour change within the institution Keeping up to the labels
      • Cannot be sustained only by International Offices: ECTS/DS label are a start for certain institutional behavioral pattern that underlines and targets more than mobility goals
      • Necessity to have structures and committed personnel who follow :
      • Timely renewal of the information
      • Mobility procedures
      • Recognition procedures
      • Main steps and timing
      • Publication of the application package : October 2009
      • Deadline for submission of applications : 15 January 2010
      • Evaluation of applications by the National Agencies : February 2010
      • Screening of applications by the Executive Agency : March 2010
      • Award Decision : April/May 2010
      • Information of Applicants : May 2010
    • 15. ECTS – DS Application Forms 2009 – 2010: new elements
      • Updated following the new ECTS Users’ Guide 2009: key features, information package, course catalogue
      • The DS Explanatory Notes as an annex
      • A « common pitfalls » section based on assessors comments
    • 16. Outlook – making best use of the labels and its holders
      • Build on experience of the label holders:
      • Room to initiate projects – example: “the DS as seen by its users” – “ECTS in the third cycle”
      • Participation in ECTS – DS seminars (example: Bologna Experts’ Training seminars)
      • Networking amongst label holders
      • Eu Commission regards label holders as important stakeholders - feedback group on ECTS - DS issues
    • 17. Outlook – making best use of the labels and its holders
      • The label is a signal of being an international player: many label holders use it to raise attractiveness for foreign students/teachers
      • The Commission promotes label (holders):
      • Label award conference, press releases (June 2009)
      • Publication in “Erasmus success stories”
      • Label holders may promote labels internationally
    • 18. To know more, please consult: European Commission: The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and The Diploma Supplement Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA): Applications for the ECTS and DS labels 2010 ; Results of the ECTS and DS Label Selection 2009 ; ECTS and DS Labels Award Ceremony 2009 Or contact: [email_address] [email_address]