The study visit at the European University of Rome in Italy

As part of the European Commission ERASMUS+ Programme Micro-credentials for Higher Education systems of Georgia and Armenia Micro-GEAR, an important study visit took place at the European University of Rome in Italy, aimed at defining the Status-Quo and Roadmap on Micro-credentials for South Caucasus. This event gathered a task force of experts from Armenia and Georgia to share their experiences, gain insights into European practices, and refine the methodology for implementing Micro-credentials in their respective national contexts. Representatives of 16 institutions from 5 countries were involved in the study visit.

The study visit provided a comprehensive overview of how Micro-credentials are integrated into the Italian higher education system, covering national laws, institutional regulations, and best practices. Representatives from European partner institutions participated and shared their valuable perspectives and expertise. The visit provided practical advice on starting the development of Micro-credentials at the institutional level. Italian partners shared their experiences, highlighting best practices, challenges faced, and strategies for success.

Experts delved into the integration of Micro-credentials within the Italian education system. They explored how these credentials are recognized and valued in both academic and professional contexts, providing a model for South Caucasus institutions to consider. Italian partners provided detailed insights into the issuance and recognition of digital Micro-credentials, showcasing successful use cases and the technological infrastructure supporting these initiatives. Armenian and Georgian partners shared experiences, learned about European practices, and refined their methodologies for implementing Micro-credentials in their national contexts.

This initiative marks a significant step towards enhancing the educational landscape in the South Caucasus through the adoption of Micro-credentials, aligning with European standards and practices.