Flexible European Life-Long Learning Pathways

ECIU University’s take on the “European Degree”


The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) has published a paper sharing their view on a “European Degree”. The essence of what ECIU proposes as the European Degree is not a ‘degree’ in the traditional sense. ECIU proposes a European competence passport, built upon individual and flexible learning pathways based entirely on the learners' choices and needs.

For ECIU, a “European Degree” is a 21st Century competence passport extending lifelong learning through micro-credentials. The introduction of the European Degree is an excellent opportunity to support the transformation of European higher education from a one-for-all education towards agile and personalised learning paths for life. At ECIU University, we believe that the micro-credentials movement is a powerful disruptive force and key change lever to achieve this transformative agenda, as stated by our Vision 2030 and Micro-Credentials White Paper .

In ECIU University, ECIU pioneers with a challenge-based instead of degree-based education on a European scale. ECIU offers interdisciplinary and flexible education, tailored to the needs of society and learners. ​The high degree of flexibility of the educational pathway will enable life-long learners to access education more easily.

As one of the first 17 pilot alliances of the European Universities’ initiative, ECIU University creates a platform where learners, researchers, society and industry, can work together to find innovative solutions to real-life challenges. The learners get micro-credential for individual courses, which they gather in a competence passport tailored to their needs, instead of offering a fixed “one-size-fits-all” degree. This aligns with the ECIU University Mission for 2030: “ECIU University is an agile, open agora at the European level for solving multi-disciplinary societal challenges, doing research, and learning for life.”


Members of ECIU are research-intensive universities: Aalborg University, Denmark. Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Dublin City University, Ireland. Hamburg University of Technology, Germany. INSA Group, France. Linköping University, Sweden. Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. University of Stavanger, Norway. University of Trento, Italy. Tampere University, Finland. University of Twente, the Netherlands. Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.

More informations: https://www.eciu.org/news … ke-on-the-european-degree

Text: Olga Wessels, Head of Brussels Office, ECIU Brussels Office, olga.wessels@eciu.org

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