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Micro-credentials as a tool for internationalisation

More than 150 German higher education institutions (HEIs) participated in the recent survey conducted by the DAAD’s Erasmus+ National Agency “Higher Education” (NA DAAD). A second study was conducted among German HEIs that form part of the EU initiative European University Alliances (34 HEIs taking part in the survey).

In both cases, the HEIs regarded micro-credentials as increasingly important for internationalisation and mobility. 20% of surveyed HEIs already use micro-credentials and another 23% are considering their introduction. Among HEIs who are members of European University Alliances, 25% are already using micro-credentials, while another 65% are considering them. This is indicating that being part of a European University Alliance is incentivising HEIs to consider issuing micro-credentials to their students.

The majority of all institutions questioned in both NA DAAD surveys acknowledged micro-credentials as a useful tool to support internationalisation, whereas in the case of European University Alliances they indicated several important factors for consideration, such as the establishment of joint offerings at the level of the alliances and shorter study visits. Another finding revealed that HEIs call for stronger and coordinated European regulations of micro-credentials.

You can read the full press release here.