The European Commission has awarded Metropolia an ECTS label in recognition of the fact that the university of applied sciences complies with the requirements of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which facilitates the measurement and transfer of learning experiences between institutions.
New ECTS labels were awarded to 25 higher education institutions, including all four applicants from Finland. In addition to Metropolia, an ECTS label was awarded to Arcada - Nylands svenska yrkeshögskola, the University of Oulu and Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMK).
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-oriented system that is based on transparency in learning outcomes and processes. It aims to facilitate the planning, implementation, assessment, recognition and validation of degrees and studies, as well as greater student mobility.
In its feedback, the European Commission commended the clarity and dynamism of Metropolia's study guide, stating that its content is understandable and well-written. Metropolia's application fulfilled all the criteria required for the label and was considered exemplary of good practices.
Metropolia worked towards gaining the label for two and a half years. The effort required Metropolia to develop its IT systems for curriculum design and its website, preparing competence-based curricula that fulfil the ECTS requirements and providing the online texts for the curricula in English, in addition to Finnish.
Riitta Konkola, President and Managing Director of Metropolia is pleased with the award. “The ECTS label is an acknowledgment of the long-term and systematic development work that we have carried out here at Metropolia in order to promote our high-quality student- and learning-oriented operating culture. This work has now been recognised and given an international award, of which every Metropolia employee can be proud.”
The aim of the label is to promote the proper use of the ECTS system in European higher education institutions. The label can be applied for by institutions which have been awarded an Erasmus University Charter by the European Commission. The label is an honorary distinction that does not include any financial support.
The ECTS system is used widely in official university-level education and can also be applied to other lifelong learning. The key documents in the ECTS system are the study guide, the learning agreement and the transcript of records.
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President and Managing Director
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
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