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Accreditation

Accreditation is regulated by the University of Applied Sciences decree (932/2014, 37§).

Accreditation is the main term used to describe the approval of competence acquired through studies, practical training, leisure pursuits and e.g. civic activities by students as a part of their degree or course (compulsory or optional studies). Such competence could have been acquired either before or during university of applied sciences studies. The different forms of accreditation are substitution, inclusion and recognition of previously acquired knowlegde, AHOT.

Substitution means studies of an equivalent content and level, achieved elsewhere that the student can substitute for (mainly compulsory) studies belonging to the syllabus of the degree programme.

Inclusion means the inclusion and accreditation of studies accomplished elsewhere in the degree programme (e.g. into the student’s optional or free-choice studies).

AHOT (Recognition of Previously Acquired Competence) means the identification and acknowledgement of previously acquired knowledge. Students must be able to identify and indicate how competence acquired through non-conventional or other means corresponds to the aims of course and the course content using an agreed procedure.

Work studyfication: The aim of recognition of work studyfication is to combine education and work life. The student acquires the skills required for the degree in their work. The student must discuss the study with the responsible teacher and the prospective employer in advance. In this way, a plan can be created between the student, the teacher and the employer about the work tasks and, from the perspective of the university of applied sciences, the study competence requirements, so that the student earns credits in the way required by the studies.

Equivalent studies (same level) correspond to levels 6 – 7 (tertiary/higher education level) of the National Qualifications Framework, NQF).

 

Accreditation Requirements

• competence must be proved (e.g. certificate, assignment, sample/demonstration of competence)
• accredited studies must advance the students’ degree studies
• competence objectives must be fulfilled
• students must acquire the skills and knowledge as required in the degree programme
• if the course or the otherwise acquired competence has already be accredited once as part of the degree, it is not possible to have it accredited again.

 

Procedure

Accreditation is always carried out on a case by case basis. The Head of Degree Programme, with the authority of the Head of School is entitled to make decisions concerning accreditation. Prior to accreditation, the Head of Degree Programme may ask for a statement from a teacher involved in the case or from the Head of School.

 

Accreditation from Student Exchange

After receiving the Transcript of Records from student exchange, draw up the accreditation proposal using the appropriate online form (Intranet > Forms for Students > Accreditation from Exchange). The transcript of Records from the host university should be enclosed with the accreditation application as well as the learning agreement.

The international coordinator verifies the accreditation proposal and compares it with the transcript of academic records from the foreign university and also makes the final decision.