ECTS and diploma supplement label holders 2009 & 2010
Make mobility a reality : excellence in Europe's universities
Higher education across Europe has been made more transparent by the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). This system promotes the transfer of learning experiences between different institutions, greater student mobility and more flexible pathways to a degree. It is also of assistance when it comes to curriculum design and quality assurance. In parallel, the Diploma Supplement (DS) provides a useful standardised description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by the holder of a higher education diploma. The basic principles of ECTS and... the DS have long been agreed upon by ministers within the Bologna Process, which aims to create a European higher education area. In 2007, the European Commission decided to re-launch the awarding of ECTS and DS labels, as reports from various key Bologna stakeholders clearly indicated that the implementation of both ECTS and the DS was not progressing at the desired pace. These labels act as an incentive for institutions to apply ECTS and the DS correctly.