Discover the CEU Microcredentials Ecosystem
To improve the employability of our graduates, CEU Universities are leading an innovative change to bachelor’s degree programmes, by adding microcredentials to them. These are the qualifications of the future, enabling students to display the specific skills they possess on social networks in an effective way.
Employers are certainly looking for graduates, but graduates who also possess specific skills and competencies stand out from the rest. That’s why it's so important for candidates to display the competencies they possess.
Over the course of their degree, CEU students can gain a series of personal and professional skills which are highly valued by employers. Microcredentials allow the University to certify that its graduates possess these skills – and enable employers to easily verify this.
CEU microcredentials form part of an ecosystem which covers all the competencies which you can acquire during your time at the University.
The CEU Microcredential Ecosystem has been audited and is subject to a process of continuous improvement via the Procedure for the Design, Creation and Evaluation of the CEU Credential Ecosystem Using Badges and Learning Pathways, part of the University's quality assurance system.
The ecosystem includes:
CEU UCH students can find all the information on the badges and microcredentials available for 2023-24 on the intranet.
Competencies concerning social awareness, civic responsibility and sensitivity to the environment – developed at the University and certified by it.
These competencies concern the application of the scientific method in a specific area, contributing to the progress of society.
These are the value-added competencies concerning the use of information management resources, digital skills and the ability to speak foreign languages.
These are the competencies you will need to operate effectively in today’s globalized workplace.
These are personal skills which go beyond mere knowledge of information: they are what differentiate a top professional from the rest.
With these competencies, professionals can operate in a range of different organizational settings and stand out in the job market.
Our learning pathways consist of a gradual learning journey, in which students can achieve milestones on the way to attaining the final competency. When a learning pathway is completed, students are awarded a microcredential is issued which can be shared on social media demonstrating that they possess a valuable competency.
Interested in a specific pathway? Visit the page for the degree in question
If you are a student, check out the information on the intranet about how to get microcredentials.
We’ve been working on raising the profile of the skills that CEU students acquire during their time at the University since 2015. We started with what was called the Certificate of Competencies: students received this in PDF format when they graduated. In 2019, we transformed this certificate using Open Badge technology, via the world’s leading badge-issuing platform, Badgr.com. Since then, the CEU Microcredential Ecosystem has undergone exponential growth. In 2022, we took another leap forward with the release of the Open Badge 3.0 standard and the growing awareness of the concept of microcredentials across the world.
Click on the different years to see the milestones of the ecosystem's development.
- Launch of the “Certificate of Competencies” (PDF given to graduates recording the competencies acquired over the course of their degree).
Welcome to the new generation of digital badges.
In 2022, the CEU Universities began using the Open Badge 3.0 standard. This means that our students can have their competencies digitally certified to the highest standard of security and can store their badges in digital wallets. The enhanced metadata enable the badges to be used in a range of types of certification, and are linked to machine-readable skills libraries, facilitating their discovery by search algorithms.
We are currently using the Canvas Credentials platform to issue our badges.
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