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MCE Launches Seminar Series to Enhance Micro-Credential Policy and Implementation

MCE has initiated a series of institutional seminars aimed at facilitating the effective implementation and policy development of micro-credentials. The inaugural session was hosted by Kaunas Technology University (KTU) in December 2023. The next seminar is scheduled for February 16, 2024, at FernUniversität in Hagen (FernUni).

The KTU seminar concentrated on the latest European advancements in micro-credentials (MCs), while the upcoming session at FernUni will focus on the integration, recognition, and issuance of digital certificates for MCs.

These seminars are conducted in a blended format, offering both in-person and online participation. They are presented in two languages: the native language of the hosting institution and English, to accommodate a broader audience.

A highlight of the FernUni event will be a presentation by Ildiko Mazar from NTT DATA. Mazar will share insights on "Digitally-Signed Credentials: Verifying and Recognizing Skills with Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure (EDCs)". For more information and updates, please refer to this brochure  and follow us on social media using #MCE_microcredentials.

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Analysing and mapping of current institutional qualifications for continuing edcuation and professional development and micro-credentials in the partnership

In a world that is rapidly changing, investing in lifelong learning and flexible learning pathways is swiftly becoming an issue of key importance. Increasing numbers of compact learning opportunities, nowadays called micro-credentials, are being developed across Europe and around the world.

The project partners seek to map and analyze existing institutional qualifications for continuing education and professional development (CEPD) and microcredentials in the partnership in relation to assumed learners’ aspirations and motivations. In the following report, we describe the partners’ institutional frameworks for nonstandard programs and analyze them against the backdrop of the most relevant definitions of micro-credentials. In the second step, we concentrate on learners’ motivations as assumed by the partners.

Report on modularization and micro-credentialing based on MCE case studeis analysis is out now

After a general introduction about Micro-credentials, document contextualization and scope, this document presents the case studies collection template developed for this report. This section introduces criteria used for defining the template, based on E-SLP project results and on the EC proposal for Council Recommendation on Micro-credentials. The section presents the final template elaborated for the collection of the case studies from partner universities within the consortium. Lastly, the results of the analysis of the data collected by 10 different Higher Education Institutions partner of MCE project (19 cases collected) are presented. The section highlights recurring characteristics of the short programs / micro-credentials / continuous professional development certificates provided by partner HEIs.

MCE goes international; contributing to the International Micro-credentials Summit in Barcelona!

From the 20th till the 24th of March MCE partners will join the International Micro-Credentials Summit in Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain. 

This summit is organised by the Knowledge Innovation Center, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg, and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

The Summit is an international gathering of thought leaders, practitioners, innovators, and policymakers working to improve the flexibility and responsiveness of educational systems. It will lay out a vision around the empowerment of individuals to create new learning and career pathways while at the same time unlocking the potential of our economies to transform to meet unprecedented social, economic, and environmental challenges. To know more stay tuned #MCE_microcredentials

Have a look here for the agendamasterclass info, and summit themes.

Partners from the MCE project are contributing to the micro-credentials webinar week 28-30 November! 

With the EU Council Recommendation on Micro-Credentials, the European Union has laid an important foundation for the future development of micro-credentials and thus for lifelong learning and professional development in Europe. The Recommendation seeks to support the development, implementation, and recognition of micro-credentials across institutions, businesses, sectors, and borders by setting common European standards.

From November 28th to November 30th, EADTU has organised the Empower webinar week in which MCE’s project partners are contributing by putting the European approach to micro-credentials in context. Specifically, there will be inputs from (1) Mareike Weiß (International Office, FernUniversität in Hagen) on the institutional policies on Micro-Credentials (results from WP3); (2) Diogo Casa Nova (vice- rector at Universidade Aberta, WP6 leader) on the adoption of the European approach to microcredentials in a Portuguese context; and (3) Carles Bruguera Trabal & Maria Carmen Page-Serra who will present the results of our meta-research study carried out within WP2 on the learners’ perspective on micro-credentials formats and learning services for continuing education.

The aim of the event is to share expertise and help European institutions in taking important steps towards high-quality, recognized micro-credentials. In each session, there will be time reserved for reflection and questions from the participants.

Register soon via this link:

MCE partners meet in Athens for the first time

On Wednesday, the 19th of October 2022, the MCE partners got the opportunity to meet in person, for the first time, during the I-HE2022 conference, in Athens, Greece.

The partners came together to discuss the latest activities concerning the project, focusing on both ongoing activities and upcoming ones.

Particular attention was given to the upcoming focus group to be carried out within WP2, under the lead of UOC, and to the organization of the Pilots that will run next year under the lead of UNED and UNINETTUNO (WP5).

The consortium is ready to deliver the first project outcome: “D2.1 Meta-research on the learner perspective on micro-credential formats and learning services for continuing education and professional development”, and many others are approaching. Therefore, stay tuned and follow up on our progress #MCE_microcredentials.

MCE: Modularisation of Continuing Education by Micro-credentials- Kick off on April 1st, 2022

Serious news on April Fool’s: MCE project takes off! 3years ErasmusPlus project coordinated by EADTU aimed at identifying the learners' perspective; developing HEIs strategy evidence for policies to develop framework and procedures for the modularisation of higher education 

MCE-stands for the Modularisation of Continuing Higher Education by Micro-credentials.  It involves 10 partners and 3 associated for the next 3 years. The project aims to further conceptualize micro-credentials, adding also the learners' perspective on modularisation and micro-credentialing as a core dimension, so far underexposed. The project is thereafter focusing on institutional development in alignment with European and national frameworks for micro-credentials. Do you want to know more, stay tuned then #MCE_microcredentials

MCE project preparatory meeting- 18 January 2022

On January 18th, 2022, the MCE consortium meet in preparation of the project kick-off. During this meeting, all partners were introduced and met each other.
MCE stands for the Modularisation of Continuing Higher Education by Micro-credentials (MCE). This project in line with the proposal of the council recommendations from the EU Commission aims at providing the opportunity, to each partner and associated institutions, to be pioneers in the sector of micro-credentials, playing a key role in their understanding and development in national and EU levels.  

Proposal for Council Recommendation on micro-credentials

Council Recommendation on micro-credentials
The Commission has recently published its proposal for a Council Recommendation on micro-credentials, as announced in the Skills Agenda and in the European Education Area Communication of 2020. The Commission proposal seeks to make micro-credentials work across institutions, businesses, sectors, and borders. To that end, Member States should agree on:

  • a common definition of micro-credentials;
  • standard elements for their description; and
  • key principles for their design and issuance.

The European approach to micro-credentials is a key flagship to achieving a European Education Area by 2025.

More can be read in the press release from 10 December 2021.