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European credit transfer and accumulation system (ECTS)

Parent term: Credit accumulation and transfer

A systematic way of describing a higher education programme by attaching credits to its components (modules, courses, placements, dissertation work, etc.), to: – make study programmes easy to read and compare for all students, local and foreign; – encourage mobility of students and recognition of formal, non-formal and informal learning; – help universities to organise and revise their study programmes.
Source: CEDEFOP 2008, Europe
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 European credit system for vocational education and training



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