On 27-28 June, a new project on prior learning was launched at UHR. The project’s aim is to make it easier for people from outside the EU/EES to have their skills recognised and credited for further studies.

The idea for the project was born at the international conference "Refugees Impact on Bologna reform" that Sweden organised in Malmö two years ago. At the conference, it became clear that many of the European countries were struggling with similar problems. There was a desire to work in a more structured way with mapping out and assessing prior learning. However, despite political decisions and policies, it turned out to be difficult in practice to create a process that was legally secure and of high quality.

Anders Ahlstrand, analyst at The Swedish Council for Higher Education"We hope those of us working on the project can exchange experiences and broaden our perspectives in a way that will facilitate the introduction of well-functioning models in our respective countries. There is often a large gap in willingness between what is decided and actual implementation," said Anders Ahlstrand.

He coordinates the project together with Cecilia George and André Hesselbäck.

Several European countries participating

Representatives from Ireland, Iceland, Croatia and Austria, as well as EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education), are participating in the project. Among the participants from Sweden are Pernilla Hultberg from the University of Gothenburg (and Validation Network West) and Katarina Berglund from KTH who, like André Hesselbeck, were active in the Reko (prior learning) project, the results of which can be utilised in this collaboration.

The Reko project was a government assignment, in which UHR was to allocate funds to projects at higher education institutions working on the development of permanent models for assessing prior learning for credit transfer and access to higher education. The project was completed last winter.