ECTS Label: the European Commission awarded the University of Parma
For the second time in its history, and in a row, the University of Parma has been awarded the ECTS Label for transparency and accountability in international academic exchanges. The Award, covering the whole 2013/2016 period, was conferred by the EACEA – European, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.
The University of Parma had already figured amongst the ECTS Label Holder awarding institutions for the period 2009-2013. This important reconfirmation once again qualifies Parma as a transparent and reliable partner in international exchanges.
Only two other universities in Italy (Perugia and Pisa) were awarded the same recognition, on a total of 47awarding higher education institutions throughout Europe. The ECTS Label is awarded to universities offering first and second level education programmes that are accessible to European exchange students as well as forms of web communication able to ensure full transparency in accessing all relevant information related to exchange activities.
Basic conditions for the award of the ECTS Label are:
- the availability of the University Guide and Website in English language;
- the correct and wide use of ECTS tools for exchange students, with specific reference to recognition procedures and certification of ECTS credits.
The University of Parma nomination, submitted last September, passed rigorous pre-selection and selection procedures, carried out respectively by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education (MIUR) and the Directorate General for Education and Training (EAC) of the European Commission.
The whole University project, started in 2005, led to the implementation and continuous updating activity of the “University Guide” in English language on the institutional Website; the Guide describes the University and its Course Catalogue in a complete and exhaustive way for its 79 degree courses and 3,400 course units.
This important recognition could be achieved thanks to an overall institutional effort. In strict collaboration the team directly in charge of the project, all of the teaching staff (including researchers) was directly involved in entering all information about each single teaching, greatly contributing to awarding the European recognition.
The team, coordinated by Prof. Sandro Cavirani, former Pro-Rector for International Relations, in collaboration with Prof. Diego Saglia, former Deputy Rector for International Student Mobility, was formed by Alessandro Bernazzoli, Michele Bertani, Davide Bettati, Paola Bucciarelli, Tiziana Cordaro, Loredana Gianolini, Brunella Marchione, Francesca Maselli and Fabio Spataro.