Strategic aims of processes, which own so
illustrious names like Bologna, Copenhagen and Lisbon, are to
establish a European area of education and labour. This
objective is connected with the concept of Life-Long-Learning
that will ensure recognition and sustainable applicability of
all learning outcomes a person have acquired during its life.
In line with this strategy the core issues are named with
vertical and horzontal recognition and permeability.
The European commission launched two frameworks concerning
these issues in 2008, the 'European Qualifications Framework' (EQF)
and the 'European Credit System for Vocational Education and
The EQF recommendation has lead to national initiatives for
developing National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs). This
procedure is ongoing and far advanced.
However the ECVET recommendation has been on the status of a
Current instruments for transnational recognition are based
on the construct 'Zones of Mutual Trust (ZMT)'. ZMTs are
bilateral partnerships for negotiation of learning agreements
and recognition of learning outcomes.
The current issues are to find eligible methods to make as
well the learning agreements as the assessment of learning
outcomes more transparent.
According to our opinion within the partnership methods of
competence description have to be analysed and compared to
find similarities and differences.
Based on SWOT analyses of three selected approaches the
partnership will give recommendations for practices and
instruments to optimize the processes of recognition.
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