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CoRe Projects

Competences in Education and Recognition

Objectives

The overall aim of the CoRe2 project was to contribute to the mutual comparability and transparency of information provision on higher education programmes. A guide on completing the Tuning degree profile for a particular degree programme was developed, with the objective of facilitating student mobility and recognition practices. The degree profile is envisaged to be a part of the Diploma Supplement and to provide details about the learning outcomes of a particular degree course. The degree profile is therefore an important tool for mobility and it is vital that it is completed coherently and transparently.

The guide will include 3 main instruments:

  1. a template for the Tuning degree profile to include the main features, learning outcomes and competences of specific higher education programmes;
  2. guidelines on how to complete the degree profile template, including examples of good practice;
  3. a glossary of terms to encourage the use of similar descriptors in completing a degree profile and formulating learning outcomes. The glossary of terms should therefore facilitate comparison between the descriptions of each degree profile section. The CoRe2 glossary will be based on existing glossaries

These 3 instruments, which will detail additional degree-programme-specific information, will be published in a user friendly guide. This will provide a tool for higher education staff to present the main characteristics and learning outcomes of their higher education programmes in a uniform manner.

The use of the 3 tools is foreseen to contribute to the quality of the recognition of qualifications by credential evaluators. The degree profile will include more specific information about the degree, for example regarding the learning outcomes and the competences obtained which is often not apparent from the Diploma and Diploma Supplement alone (see CoRe1). One clear beneficiary of such practice would be students pursuing partial study abroad and their respective higher education institutions, in that an evaluation of the study undertaken can be based on more specific and mutually comparable information about the course of study.

The degree profile is also expected to be useful for employers, as it provides additional information on employment opportunities, based on the specified competences and learning outcomes, rather than the typical list of studied modules.

The Guide was published in December 2010 and is available to view here .