MicroCreds, together with the Irish Universities Association (IUA) were delighted to host the inaugural event for the newly-formed MicroNet Consortium on 14th December 2022. This timely online peer learning forum provided opportunities to explore transnational mobility and recognition for micro-credentials in a European Higher Education context.
MicroNet is a European transnational peer support and learning network for university micro-credentials, comprising an innovative and actively change-making higher education consortia, led by the IUA. MicroNet is a 3-year project funded through to 2025 by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme (ERASMUS).
The MicroNet Consortium is comprised of the Irish Universities Association, MicroCreds, the European University Association (EUA), Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC) and the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).
The event was chaired by Dr Lynn Ramsey, Director of MicroCreds at IUA, who provided an overview of the MicroCreds project and work being done in our partner universities.
Our opening address was delivered by Keith Moynes, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Keith offered an overview of micro-credentials and lifelong learning in an Irish context.
Expert speakers at the event included:
- Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Higher Education Unit, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
- Robert Plummer, Senior Adviser, BusinessEurope
- Klara Engels-Perenyi, Policy Officer Adult Skills, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
- William O’Keeffe, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
- Leo Kilroy, Irish Education and Skills Attaché working in the European Council for Ireland
For more information on MicroNet visit: www.iua.ie/micronet