TITLE OF THE INITIATIVE
Recognition and validation of prior learning
INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE
Sverige Iantbrukunivesitet (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
Segerstedthuset, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 7 - 750 07
Maria Overhed – Head, Division of Educational Affairs
e-mail: [email protected]
WEB SITE OF THE INITIATIVE
- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- Recognition of studies and prior learning for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education
- Newly arrived refugees
- Refugees of second generation
- University staff (academic and administrative)
DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
The initiative is part of a Swedish national project on the validation of prior learning, whose aim is facilitating the access of foreign students to Swedish universities by shortening their academic trainings and making them ready to enter the Swedish labour market.
We developed our internal processes for validation of the students’ prior learning, which would make it easier for students to enter courses of interest at SLU. In your application you describe the skills and competencies that allow you to fulfil the eligibility requirements. Your application should be supported by relevant documentation. If you are found not to be eligible, you have the right to appeal this decision. A recognition of prior learning does not necessarily mean that you will be offered a study place. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of study places on a course or a programme, the applicants will have to compete for a place in a selection based on their merit rating.
RESULTS AND IMPACT
The validation project was not very successful. We developed and improved our internal processes a lot, but not many students apply for validation of their prior learning. It seems to be a matter of reaching out with the information that validation is a possibility.