Credit Transfer System

Credit Transfer System

Within the consortium, Campus France is tasked with Result areas 3a – ASEAN Credit Transfer System (ACTS) and 3b – ASEAN-EU Credit Transfer System (AECTS), which will be led simultaneously.

The work of SHARE in the field of Credit Transfer Systems (CTS) aims at facilitating comparability and compatibility of study programmes, and thus at facilitating harmonious student mobility. Result area 3 activities will be correlated to Result area 2a on the qualifications framework led by DAAD. All SHARE activities underpinning Result areas 3a and 3b will enhance the capacity of higher education stakeholders to coordinate efforts in ensuring recognition and transfer of credits across ASEAN, thereby stimulating international student mobility (leading to Result area 3c) and increasing students’ employability in a competitive labour market.

03-quality-assurance-e1446003165740SHARE activities in Result areas 3a and 3b build upon existing CTS in the region. The cornerstone to guaranteeing a sustainable and efficient CTS system in ASEAN is to ensure mutual trust between the Higher Education Institutions in the ASEAN region and between ASEAN and the EU. Experience from Europe shows that the instrumental value of the credit for mobility purposes is high when credits are associated to the learning outcomes. The challenge is therefore to harmonise the system in order to have comparable and transferrable credits in ASEAN that are based on commonly recognised learning outcomes.

The first year of the programme focused on preliminary work, including desk review and mapping of the existing initiatives within the 10 ASEAN Member States, as well as virtual focus groups in the CLMV countries, and the preparation of conceptualisation documents. Prior to developing a CTS, SHARE thus commissioned two studies:

  • a study mapping student mobility and CTS in the ASEAN region, which was jointly published with EP-NUFFIC in February 2016;
  • and a study mapping the higher education systems in each of the ASEAN Member States, which was conducted through Self-Analysis Documents. The results of this study were presented and discussed at the Ho Chi Minh workshop on 6-7 February 2016, the Paris workshop on 21-22 February 2016, and the Policy Dialogue 3 in Hanoi on 8-9 June 2016. A report summarising the results of this study will be published by the end of 2016.

Two CTS expert panels were set up in 2015, comprising of 9 ASEAN experts and 9 EU experts, and an IT expert was also hired for the development of the SHARE Platform. The expert groups will guide and shape SHARE activities and tools developed in the field of CTS.

Following the needs-identification analysis carried out through the two studies, the SHARE Platform and a first set of SHARE Mobility Tools were developed. System design and adaptation was supported by specialised workshops on Europe and Asia to better respond to the HEIs’ needs.

The SHARE Platform and the SHARE Mobility Tools are to be tested through the mobility scheme led by EP-Nuffic, in order to design a workable CTS, and create a visible sustained system for sharing good practices; results and impact will be evaluated. These tools will also be reviewed through the expert panels and partners’ expertise. This will allow for continuous improvement of the tools until the last batch of scholarships.

In addition, capacity-building workshops will be held around the different ASEAN Member States and in the EU, from the last trimester of 2016 until mid-2017. These workshops aim at providing support and training on the use of the SHARE Platform and the SHARE Mobility Tools, and the implementation of the CTS, to the Higher Education Institutions participating in the SHARE mobility scheme. Practical guidance and training at workshops will be accompanied by the development of a toolkit and a technical handbook for the HEIs.

Furthermore, two “What Works Conferences” are likely to be organised in November 2017 in Europe and in November 2018 in the ASEAN region. These conferences would be organised in a more global and more strategic way. Differing from the capacity-building workshops, these conferences would include a wider audience, with a wide span of stakeholders involved, aiming to not only share technical knowledge, but also to inform, promote and increase the visibility of Credit Transfer Systems in ASEAN and the European Higher Education Area.

Finally, consolidation and dissemination activities will be conducted, including participation in the Policy Dialogues, assistance to EP-NUFFIC for coordination purposes, finalisation of instrumentation (including tutorials and online training tools for HEIs), promotion activities, and contribution to reports.

  • Further information on the 1st SHARE Credit Transfer System Capacity-Building Workshop in Malaysia, click here.
  • Further information on the 2nd SHARE Credit Transfer System Capacity-Building Workshop in Cambodia, click here.

 

To visit the SHARE Platform and see the SHARE Mobility Tools, click below

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Student Mobility and Credit Transfer System (CTS)

“Student Mobility and Credit Transfer System in ASEAN: Mapping student mobility and credit transfer systems in ASEAN region” is a joint report by Campus France and EP-Nuffic, commissioned under Result 3, Credit Transfer System and Scholarships. This report identifies the actions which could be undertaken in the ASEAN region in order to enhance student mobility and to allow for the recognition of students’ study abroad period in the ASEAN region. The report is based on the results of a comprehensive mapping of mobility programmes and credit transfer systems in the ASEAN region and a joint survey by Campus France and EP-Nuffic that highlighted the obstacle that restrain student mobility with ASEAN. The report also draws attention to the negative impact of the divergent credit transfer systems in the ASEAN region.

To download the report of Student Mobility and CTS please click here.

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