In a previous blog post, I reflected on how our university can contribute to a more sustainable world. Last week I had the opportunity to share this vision with colleagues at the 5th Rectors Conference of the Baltic University Programme , hosted by Åbo Akademi in Åbo/Turku, Finland.
The Baltic University Programme brings 78 member universities in 12 countries together and was established in 1991 as a network to improve regional collaboration in the post-Soviet era. The programme focuses on sustainable development, environmental protection and democracy in the Baltic Sea region.
The Swedish Council for Higher Education and the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research hosted in collaboration with Malmö University this two-day international conference where 200 delegates from 23 different countries participated. The program
addressed the latest Bologna Implementation Report which indicates somewhat disappointingly that the reform has not been embraced by as many European countries as anticipated. However, many of the presentations were all in accordance that the policy framework and guidelines available for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are sufficient and well designed for purpose. Interestingly, many good examples from various European countries were given on well established practices and toolkits for admissions based upon RPL.
Noteworthy was the French national system which recognises prior learning even for accreditation of academic degrees. In the concluding remarks,
I and the Vice-President of ESU, Liva Vikmane were in strong agreement that the main task for Higher Education Institutions is now to be brave, committed and confidently systematically implementing RPL. Politicians need to direct funds to HEIs for RPL and for collection of information on impact of validation outcomes.
Malmö University took vigilant the opportunity to once again promote that Universities take on the role as drivers for social mobility and transformation.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global and Challenge Based Learning