ECTS and diploma supplement label holders 2011 & 2012
Internationalisation in Europe's universities
Higher education is at the heart of the Europe 2020 Strategy and of Europe’s ambition to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. With 28 different Member States in the EU, and 47 countries in the European Higher Education Area, one part of countries’ modernisation efforts in higher education is introducing and applying Europe-wide tools and instruments. Use of these tools inspires greater trust in each other’s higher education systems and makes it easier for people to move to other countries to study and so to acquire the high-level skills needed in our rapidly evolving economies.... The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and the Diploma Supplement (DS) play a key role in developing a high level of comparability, compatibility and exchange among Higher Education Institutions and systems in Europe, and their basic principles have long been agreed by Ministers within the European Higher Education Area. ECTS is a tool that allows students to accumulate the credits they earn within an education programme in a transparent and comparable way. It facilitates the transfer of learning experiences between different institutions, greater student mobility and more flexible pathways to a higher education degree. In parallel, the DS provides a standardised description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by the holder of a higher education diploma. The European Commission awards Labels to Higher Education Institutions which show that they are implementing ECTS and/or the DS correctly.