Micro-credentials, the new format for continuous training

  • Fundació Universitat-Empresa
  • April 11st, 2022
 
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If continuous training has always been a maxim, the speed at which today's labour market moves, hand in hand with technology, is turning this maxim into a compulsory one.

According to the World Economic Forum, half of today's professionals, regardless of their initial qualifications, will need to upgrade their skills in the next five years, and 65 per cent of the jobs that Generation Z will be doing do not yet exist.

With the aim of offering up-to-date specialised courses and covering professionals' training needs, whether or not they have a university degree, the Universitat de València is offering continuing education for the 22/23 academic year through continuous training certificates and university micro-credentials.

Its recently approved offer includes a total of 224 lifelong learning courses, including postgraduate degrees and continuing education courses. The novelty of continuous training with respect to postgraduate training is that at any time during the 22/23 academic year, a course can be presented, either in the form of a mirco-credential (of up to 14 ETCS credits) or a certificate, with a duration of between 15 and 30 ETCS credits.

Who can make a university certificate or micro-credential?

This type of continuous training can be accessed by people who wish to broaden and update their knowledge, competences and training or professional skills that contribute to a better employability. They may or may not have previous university qualifications.

Who can present a certificate or a micro-credential?

Continuing education courses may be presented at the request of a company or institution, which may propose the contents of the course and the area to be addressed. Likewise, university teaching staff, research staff or administration and services staff of the University may present continuous training programmes, provided that they have the academic or financial support of a company or institution.