European credit transfer system should increase exchanges
Policy discussions on integration are happening in many places these days. At a conference on Exchange Students in Europe, held in Copenhagen last week, the need to establish an integrated credit transfer system in higher education was a main topic of discussion. Exchange programmes like Erasmus are being set up between universities throughout Europe. However, many students encounter problems getting their credits from foreign universities accepted when they go back to their home university
Joseph Muyeti, one of two students from WAU who attended the conference, was struck by the strong opposition of student participants to the idea of developing a single educational model in Europe: People, especially from smaller countries like Holland, were concerned about losing their cultural identity through a unified system. It is also very expensive and complicated to completely overhaul the different educational systems.
Instead, a European Credit Transfer System is being proposed. However, to be able to compare quality levels, countries need to be transparent about their programmes. Muyeti: Learning about the strengths and weaknesses of the different programmes, we can see how the systems can fit together. This will encourage more exchanges throughout Europe. Am.S