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A European approach to micro-credentials

Micro-credentials offer more flexible and modular learning opportunities. Having a European approach will help widen learning opportunities and strengthen the role of higher education and vocational education and training institutions in lifelong learning.


The European Commission has been working extensively on this topic, publishing a number of useful resources for practitioners, learners and national institutions alike. In particular, it is worthwhile to have a look at the report of the Higher Education Consultation Group, which introduces the EU approach and outlines its main objectives.

What other EU documents support micro-credentials? In the European Skills Agenda, published on 1 July 2020, as one of its 12 flagship actions to support the quality, transparency and uptake of micro-credentials across the EU. In the September 2020 Communication on achieving the European Education Area by 2025to emphasise higher education’s key role in supporting lifelong learning and reaching out to a more diverse group of learners. In the September 2020 Digital Education Action Plan also tackles the issue.