Microcredentials have already been introduced in higher education and research universities. Since October 2021, 34 higher education institutions – including 12 universities and 22 colleges – have participated in the national Pilot Microcredentials in Higher Education. This pilot was an initiative of the Education Flexibilisation from the Acceleration Plan (which later became Npuls), the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands. The pilot will conclude at the end of 2023. What’s next?
Pilot Microcredentials will continue
The pilot has been successful: within the participating institutions, we are seeing an increasing number of initiatives around microcredentials. The national knowledge sharing and approach of the pilot are valued by the participating institutions. Internationally, we are also witnessing growth around microcredentials. Both the European Commission and educational institutions are placing increasing value on microcredentials, seeing them as an important tool for retraining and upskilling. Therefore, the education sector will continue pilots around microcredentials in higher education and research universities within Npuls.
Continuing to build on Microcredentials
In the next phase, we will continue to build on microcredentials in higher education and research universities, in collaboration with the starting pilot in vocational education and training (VET). The goal of this phase remains the same: to familiarize with and share knowledge about microcredentials, and to implement them in education. This includes more in-depth exploration of integrating microcredentials within institutions, and close collaboration with the Lifelong Learning Catalyst (Growth Fund program through which educational institutions from VET, colleges, and universities give a strong impetus to lifelong learning).
Institutions that already participated in the Acceleration Plan pilot do not need to reapply; administrators and stakeholders of these institutions will be informed about this continuation by letter.
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