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IP/09/907

Brussels, 11 June 2009

European universities awarded for excellence in supporting mobile students

65 higher education institutions from 16 countries are today awarded with special European quality labels in recognition of their efforts to make it easier for students to study abroad. These labels are given to universities which have shown excellence in applying the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and the Diploma Supplement (DS), two European instruments that make teaching and learning more transparent and facilitate the recognition of studies and qualifications.

The ECTS and DS Labels for 2009 will be handed out tonight by the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel', in the presence of Vice-Minister for European Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, Jakub Dürr.

Explaining the significance of the labels Commissioner Figel' said: " Today's Label holders are outstanding examples of institutions that are serious about European academic mobility in a rapidly-changing higher education sector."

The European Commission intends to organise annual application rounds for the ECTS and DS labels in the coming years. Applications can only be submitted by higher education institutions that have been awarded a Standard or an Extended Erasmus University Charter.

Of the 63 ECTS applications, 23 higher education institutions will receive the ECTS label. Of the 161 DS applications, 52 higher education institutions will be a holder of a DS label. This means that all in all, about one third of both the ECTS and the DS label applications have been selected. Ten institutions will receive both labels.

The ECTS label

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) makes teaching and learning more transparent and facilitates the recognition of studies (formal, non-formal or informal). The system is used across Europe for credit transfer (student mobility) and credit accumulation (learning paths towards a degree).

Institutions which apply ECTS publish their course catalogues on the web, including detailed descriptions of study programmes, units of learning, university regulations and student services. 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 most cases, student workload ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 hours for an academic year, and one credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of work.

Credit transfer and accumulation are helped by the use of the ECTS key documents (course catalogue, learning agreement and transcript of records) as well as the Diploma Supplement.

For now, the ECTS label only focuses on the correct use of ECTS for credit transfer, i.e. for mobile students.

Criteria for the ECTS label are, amongst others:

  • Is all relevant information for foreign students available in English (information package, course catalogue)?

  • Are the individual files of incoming and outgoing students complete?

The DS label

The Diploma Supplement (DS) is a document attached to a higher education diploma with the aim of improving international ‘transparency’ and of facilitating the academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.). 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 named on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition. It is a flexible, non-prescriptive tool which is designed to save time, money and workload. It can be adapted to local needs.

The Diploma Supplement label is awarded to institutions which have shown that they provide the Diploma Supplements to students in a correct way. They have also given proof that:

  • The copies comply with the standard Diploma Supplement model

  • All students of the applicant institution receive a copy of the Diploma Supplement automatically and free of charge upon graduation.

  • The Diploma Supplement is issued in a widely spoken European language and, if so wished, in another language.

To know more:

European Commission: The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)

European Commission: The Diploma Supplement

European Commission: Higher education in Europe

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA): Applications for the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and Diploma Supplement (DS) labels 2009-2013

ANNEX

In 2009 the following institutions will be holders of an ECTS or a DS Label:

ECTS Label holders 2009

Country

Name of the Higher Education Institution

Name in English

City

Belgique-België

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

GHENT UNIVERSITY

GENT

Belgique - België

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Catholic University of Leuven

LEUVEN

Belgique - België

UNIVERSITÉ DE LIÈGE

UNIVERSITY OF LIEGE

LIÈGE

Belgique -België

UNIVERSITÉ CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Catholic University of Louvain

LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE

Česká Republika

VYSOKÉ UČENÍ TECHNICKÉ V BRNĚ

BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

BRNO

Česká Republika

VYSOKÁ ŠKOLA EKONOMICKÁ V PRAZE

UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS, PRAGUE

PRAHA 3

Danmark

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

University of Aarhus

AARHUS

Deutschland

HOCHSCHULE KARLSRUHE - TECHNIK UND WIRTSCHAFT

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

KARLSRUHE

Italia

UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA - ALMA MATER STUDIORUM

UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA

BOLOGNA

Italia

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

UNIVERSITY OF PARMA

PARMA

Italia

LIBERA UNIVERSITÀ MARIA SS. ASSUNTA DI ROMA

LUMSA UNIVERSITY OF ROME

ROMA

Lietuva

ISM VADYBOS IR EKONOMIKOS UNIVERSITETAS

ISM University of Management and Economics

KAUNAS

Nederland

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

University of Groningen

GRONINGEN

Nederland

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT AND RESEARCH CENTRUM

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY AND RESEARCH CENTRUM

WAGENINGEN

Österreich

MANAGEMENT CENTER INNSBRUCK

MANAGEMENT CENTER INNSBRUCK

INNSBRUCK

Österreich

FACHHOCHSCHULE DES BFI WIEN GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.

University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna

WIEN

Polska

POLITECHNIKA LÓDZKA

Technical University of Lodz

LÓDZ

Portugal

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

UNIVERSITY OF AVEIRO

AVEIRO

Portugal

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

University of Minho

BRAGA

Portugal

UNIVERSIDADE TÉCNICA DE LISBOA

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF LISBON

LISBOA

Portugal

INSTITUTO POLITÉCNICO DE TOMAR

Polytechnic Institute of Tomar

TOMAR

Suomi-Finland

ARCADA - NYLANDS SVENSKA YRKESHÖGSKOLA

ARCADA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

HELSINKI

Norge

UNIVERSITETET I AGDER

UNIVERSITY OF AGDER

KRISTIANSAND

DS Label holders 2009

Country

Name of the Higher Education Institution

Name in English

City

Бълґария

VARNENSKI SVOBODEN UNIVERSITET "CHERNORIZETS HRABAR"

VARNA FREE UNIVERSITY "CHERNORIZETS HRABAR"

VARNA

Česká Republika

VYSOKÉ U Č ENÍ TECHNICKÉ V BRN Ě

BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

BRNO

Česká Republika

MASARYKOVA UNIVERZITA

MASARYK UNIVERSITY

BRNO

Česká Republika

VETERINÁ RNÍ A FARMACEUTICKÁ UNIVERZITA BRNO

UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES BRNO

BRNO

Česká Republika

TECHNICKÁ UNIVERZITA V LIBERCI

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF LIBEREC

LIBEREC

Česká Republika

SLEZSKÁ UNIVERZITA V OPAVĚ

SILESIAN UNIVERSITY IN OPAVA

OPAVA

Česká Republika

VYSOKÁ ŠKOLA BÁŇSKÁ - TECHNICKÁ UNIVERZITA OSTRAVA

VSB - TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF OSTRAVA

OSTRAVA - PORUBA

Česká Republika

OSTRAVSKÁ UNIVERZITA V OSTRAVĚ

UNIVERSITY OF OSTRAVA

OSTRAVA

Česká Republika

VYSOKÁ ŠKOLA PODNIKÁNÍ, A.S.

BUSINESS SCHOOL OSTRAVA PLC

OSTRAVA

Česká Republika

UNIVERZITA PARDUBICE

University of Pardubice

PARDUBICE

Česká Republika

ZÁPADOČ ESKÁ UNIVERZITA V PLZNI

UNIVERSITY OF WEST BOHEMIA

PLZEŇ

Česká Republika

AKADEMIE MÚZICKÝCH UMĚ NÍ V PRAZE

ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS IN PRAGUE

PRAHA 1

Česká Republika

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA V PRAZE

CHARLES UNIVERSITY IN PRAGUE

PRAHA 1

Česká Republika

VYSOKÁ Š KOLA EKONOMICKÁ V PRAZE

UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS, PRAGUE

PRAHA 3

Česká Republika

UNIVERZITA JANA EVANGELISTY PURKYNĚ V ÚSTÍ NAD LABEM

JAN EVANGELISTA PURKYNE UNIVERSITY IN USTI NAD LABEM

ÚSTÍ NAD LABEM

Česká Republika

UNIVERZITA TOMÁŠE BATI VE ZLÍNĚ

TOMAS BATA UNIVERSITY IN ZLIN

ZLÍN

Italia

ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI DI MACERATA

ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

MACERATA

Italia

UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE - MILANO

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF THE SACRED HEART

MILANO

Italia

CONSERVATORIO DI MUSICA ARRIGO BOITO

Conservatory of Music A.Boito

PARMA

Italia

CONSERVATORIO STATALE DI MUSICA "GIUSEPPE TARTINI "

STATE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC GIUSEPPE TARTINI

TRIESTE

Kúπρος

PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

NICOSIA

Latvija

RĒZEKNES AUGSTSKOLA

REZEKNE HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

REZEKNE

Lietuva

KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS

KAUNAS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

KAUNAS

Lietuva

VIEŠOJI ĮSTAIGA SOCIALINIŲ MOKSLŲ KOLEGIJA

PUBLIC INSTITUTION THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

KLAIPEDA

Lietuva

VILNIAUS GEDIMINO TECHNIKOS UNIVERSITETAS

VILNIUS GEDIMINAS TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

VILNIUS

Nederland

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

EINDHOVEN

Nederland

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

University of Groningen

GRONINGEN

Österreich

MANAGEMENT CENTER INNSBRUCK

MANAGEMENT CENTER INNSBRUCK

INNSBRUCK

Österreich

FACHHOCHSCHULE DES BFI WIEN GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.

University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna

WIEN

Portugal

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

UNIVERSITY OF AVEIRO

AVEIRO

Portugal

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

University of Minho

BRAGA

Portugal

INSTITUTO POLITÉCNICO DE TOMAR

Polytechnic Institute of Tomar

TOMAR

Suomi-Finland

ARCADA - NYLANDS SVENSKA YRKESHÖGSKOLA

ARCADA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

HELSINKI

Suomi-Finland

MIKKELIN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU

Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences

MIKKELI

Suomi-Finland

PIRKANMAAN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU

Pirkanmaa Polytechnic - University of Applied Sciences

TAMPERE

Suomi-Finland

VAASAN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU - VASA YRKESHÖGSKOLA

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences

VAASA

Suomi-Finland

LAUREA-AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU

LAUREA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Vantaa

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF KENT

UNIVERSITY OF KENT

CANTERBURY

United Kingdom

BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY

BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY

POOLE

United Kingdom

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

SWANSEA

Norge

UNIVERSITETET FOR MILJØ OG BIOVITENSKAP

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

AAS

Norge

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

University of Bergen

BERGEN

Norge

HØGSKOLEN I ØSTFOLD

Østfold University College

HALDEN

Norge

UNIVERSITETET I AGDER

UNIVERSITY OF AGDER

KRISTIANSAND

Norge

ARKITEKTUR- OG DESIGNHØGSKOLEN I OSLO

THE OSLO SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

OSLO

Türkiye

ORTA DOĞU TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

ANKARA

Türkiye

BİLKENT ÜNİVERSİTESİ

BILKENT UNIVERSITY

ANKARA

Türkiye

SABANCI ÜNİVERSİTESİ

SABANCI UNIVERSITY

ISTANBUL

Türkiye

EGE ÜNİVERSİTESİ

EGE UNIVERSITY

IZMIR

Türkiye

GEBZE YÜKSEK TEKNOLOJI ENSTITÜSÜ

GEBZE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

GEBZE KOCAELI

Türkiye

SAKARYA ÜNİVERSİTESİ

SAKARYA UNIVERSITY

SAKARYA

Türkiye

KARADENİZ TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ

KARADENIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

TRABZON


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