CoRe Projects

Competences in Education and Recognition


What is the purpose of CoRe 2?

The main purpose of the CoRe2 project is to contribute to the transparency of qualifications by developing a template of the Degree Profile and instructions on how to complete the Degree Profile. In addition, a glossary of terms will contribute to a similar use of words while completing the degree profile.

In doing so, CoRe2 aims to contribute to a uniform use of the Degree Profile developed by Tuning by higher education institutions and other stakeholders. In other words, CoRe2 endeavours to ensure that different higher education institutions complete the degree profile for their higher education programmes in a similar way, by providing the same information and presenting this in a comparable way.

Who is the guide for?

The main target group of the Guide are higher education institutions. They can use the guide to complete a Degree Profile for their programmes.

The Degree Profile is a tool to present characteristics, such as learning outcomes, of a particular higher education programme. The additional value of using the Degree Profile is that it allows for a comparable presentation of the characteristics of a higher education programme.

When is the guide available?

The guide was completed in autumn 2010 and an electronic copy is available to download as a pdf document.

More information about dissemination activities will follow in due course and be published on this website.

What is the degree profile?

The degree profile has originally been developed by the Tuning project. Here the full definition of the degree profile: A description of the character of a programme or qualification, giving the main features of the programme, how it fits into the academic map of disciplines or thematic studies and how it relates to the professional world. The degree profile is defined in learning outcomes, which are formulated in terms of competences. The CoRe2 project designs a template of the Degree Profile together with guidelines and a glossary of terms. The Degree Profile is completed by higher education institutions for their degree programmes.

What are the advantages of the Degree Profile?
  • Allows a comparable and succinct overview of characteristics of a higher education programme.
  • Useful tool for students to compare different programmes for study orientation purposes.
  • Useful tool for potential employers to gain information about learning outcomes and competences of a student who finished a particular study programme.

Furthermore, the use of the degree profile allows for a better evaluation of the student’s qualification by credential evaluators and admission officers (in case of international and national mobility), because it provides valuable extra information for credential evaluators that is not included in the Diploma Supplement (especially clarification on so-called ‘substantial differences’). This will benefit graduates of higher education institutions because the evaluation is more detailed.

Where can I find the degree profile?

The Degree Profile template will be made available online on this website shortly. This template can be used to complete the degree profile of a higher education programmes. Any higher education institutions that uses the template is advised to use it jointly with the guidelines and glossary that can be found in the Guide, to ensure that the consistent and correct use of the Degree Profile.

Can I see an example degree profile?

The Guide contains examples of good practice from completed Degree Profiles in the fields of history, physics and nursing.

How do we get involved in using the results of the CoRe2 project?

The main outcome of the CoRe2 project was the Guide, containing the Degree Profile template and instructions on how to complete it. Every department within a higher education institution interested in writing a Degree Profile for their higher education programmes can simply get involved by completing the Degree Profile template, following the instructions in the Guide.