The European Commission has published the European Approach to Micro-credentials report analysing how a European approach to micro-credentials will help widen learning opportunities and strengthen the role of higher education and vocational education and training institutions in lifelong learning.
A European approach is needed because:
Micro-credentials were announced 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. They were included in the September 2020 Communication on achieving the European Education Area by 2025 to emphasise higher education’s key role in supporting lifelong learning and reaching out to a more diverse group of learners. They were also included in the September 2020 Digital Education Action Plan.