EADTU Summit 2016 (3)
European open and distance teaching universities decide on the large scale delivery of certified short learning programmes during the EADTU-EU Summit by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. Considering the modernisation and skills agenda of the European Commission and anticipating on next steps in the Bologna process, the Rectors of all 12 European open and distance teaching universities have signed a MOU confirming their intent to promote short learning programmes (SLP) in their provisions and to valorise these as full-fledged learning paths. Also, they will mutually recognize modules and courses belonging to these programmes and develop joint short learning programmes with related virtual mobility schemes.
This collaboration within EADTU should enrich national courses. Students will have European-wide access to SLPs, which will prepare them better for the labour market and career switches. SLP’s will be taught in different languages. The Memorandum was signed on the yearly EADTU-EU Summit in Brussels. Martine Reicherts, Director General of DG Education and Culture, congratulated the open and distance teaching universities. She emphasized the role of SLPs for regional development and education for innovation, entrepreneurship and employability.
Please find below the presentations which were given at the Summit.
Liz Marr - Director Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships, The Open University, UK
Refugees and displaced people: what role can Open Universities play?
Paulo Dias - Rector Universidade Aberta de Portugal
Short Learning Programmes
George Ubachs - Managing Director EADTU