Mobility, Recognition, ECTS Bologna Promoters’ Presentation Material (to be adapted as needed)
<ul><li>Mobility in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting Mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Recognising qualifications </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>A major objective in Europe since the Treaty of Rome (1957) </li></ul><ul><li>An essential aspect of European high...
<ul><li>2000 EU Mobility Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Financial support </li></ul><ul><li>Portability of student grants &...
<ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>The 1997 Lisbon Recognition Convention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>38 (out of 56) countries rati...
<ul><li>I mprove transparency and comparability of study programmes and qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate academ...
<ul><li>Student-centred system  based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme, objective...
<ul><li>System based on the convention that  60 credits  measure the workload of an average full-time student during one a...
<ul><li>Information Package/Course Catalogue   (information on the institution and its study programmes) </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Since 2000, the European Commission has been funding  ECTS/DS site visits  to 50 HEIs per year    to help institu...
<ul><li>According to the Trends V report: </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS continues to gain ground as the credit system for the Eur...
<ul><li>European Commission’s website:  </li></ul><ul><li>http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/socrates/ects/index_en....
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  1. 1. Mobility, Recognition, ECTS Bologna Promoters’ Presentation Material (to be adapted as needed)
  2. 2. <ul><li>Mobility in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting Mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Recognising qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS Key Features </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS Documents </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS Site Visits & Label </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS implementation and future challenges </li></ul>Content of the Presentation 2
  3. 3. <ul><li>A major objective in Europe since the Treaty of Rome (1957) </li></ul><ul><li>An essential aspect of European higher education (Bologna Process & Lisbon Strategy)… </li></ul><ul><li>… supported by EU programmes (Socrates Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, LLP, Leonardo da Vinci, Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Developement) </li></ul><ul><li>… implemented by European HEIs (bi/multi-lateral agreements, joint programmes) </li></ul><ul><li>But lack of consistent statistical information and common definition makes it hard to measure mobility flows and trends </li></ul>Mobility in Europe
  4. 4. <ul><li>2000 EU Mobility Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Financial support </li></ul><ul><li>Portability of student grants & loans </li></ul><ul><li>Easier access to health & welfare entitlements </li></ul><ul><li>Fairer tax requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated access for residence & work </li></ul><ul><li>Need to publicise the benefits of mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Need to make information more easily accessible to all  PLOTEUS web portal </li></ul><ul><li>Need to facilitate recognition of study periods abroad & foreign qualifications </li></ul>Promoting mobility
  5. 5. <ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>The 1997 Lisbon Recognition Convention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>38 (out of 56) countries ratified the Convention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Europass portfolio (European CV, Diploma Supplement, Certificate Supplement, Europass language passport, Europass mobility) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The European and national qualifications frameworks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The 2005 EU Directive on the ‘regulated professions’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Facilitators’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ENIC & NARIC networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But lack of authority in taking binding decisions on the recognition of qualifications </li></ul></ul>Recognising qualifications
  6. 6. <ul><li>I mprove transparency and comparability of study programmes and qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate academic recognition  ECTS as a transfer system (mobile students) </li></ul><ul><li>Sup port curricular reform  ECTS as a tool for curriculum design </li></ul><ul><li>Promote flexibility in learning and qualification processes  ECTS as an accumulation system (all learners) </li></ul>ECTS objectives
  7. 7. <ul><li>Student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme, objectives preferably specified in terms of learning outcomes and competences to be acquired </li></ul><ul><li>Student workload includes all aspects of study programmes: time spent attending lectures, independent study, dissertations, placement, preparing for and taking of examinations, etc </li></ul><ul><li> Student workload ≠ contact hours or courses </li></ul>ECTS Key Features I
  8. 8. <ul><li>System based on the convention that 60 credits measure the workload of an average full-time student during one academic year </li></ul><ul><li>(1 credit = 25 to 30 hours workload) </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS credits can only be obtained after completion of the work required and appropriate assessment </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS grading system : useful in particular for credit transfer. The ECTS grading scale ranks the students on a statistical basis (it supplements local/national systems) </li></ul>ECTS Key Features II
  9. 9. <ul><li>Information Package/Course Catalogue (information on the institution and its study programmes) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Agreement (list of courses to be taken and agreed upon between the student and the institutions concerned) </li></ul><ul><li>Transcript of Records (documents the performance of the student with list of courses, credits grained, local and ECTS grades) </li></ul>ECTS Documents
  10. 10. <ul><li>Since 2000, the European Commission has been funding ECTS/DS site visits to 50 HEIs per year  to help institutions introduce and implement ECTS </li></ul><ul><li>From 2004 to 2006, an ECTS Label was awarded to institutions which apply ECTS in the correct way in all first and second cycle degree programmes  to raise the profile of institutions as transparent and reliable partners in European and international co-operation </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS Label currently under consultation/revision </li></ul>ECTS Site Visits & Label
  11. 11. <ul><li>According to the Trends V report: </li></ul><ul><li>ECTS continues to gain ground as the credit system for the European Higher Education Area </li></ul><ul><li>However, incorrect or superficial use of ECTS is currently still widespread </li></ul><ul><li> the use of ECTS for curriculum design and its implementation as an accumulation system needs to be improved </li></ul><ul><li> the further development of ECTS to ensure the recognition of learning outcomes for all types of learning is a key challenge in the context of lifelong learning </li></ul>ECTS implementation & future challenges
  12. 12. <ul><li>European Commission’s website: </li></ul><ul><li>http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/socrates/ects/index_en.html </li></ul><ul><li>Trends V report: </li></ul><ul><li>www.eua.be </li></ul>Web resources

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