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As part of Lifelong Learning, the University of Amsterdam is participating in the national pilot Microcredentials. Together with 33 other higher education institutions, it is shaping a system in which digital certificates for individual educational units have recognisable and identifiable value.

What are microcredentials? 

A microcredential is a digital certificate that allows professionals to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills after successful completion of an individual teaching unit (3 - 30 EC). Micocredentials guarantee the quality of the education followed, as each unit of study must meet a number of quality requirements. The education is accreditation-worthy, embedded in a quality assurance process, and designed to achieve learning outcomes. Achieved microcredentials are also traceable and verifiable. They are issued nationwide and registered via SURF's Edubadge service.

Microcredentials give value to individual educational units and make them visible to professionals, employers, and educational institutions. This gives a stimulus to targeted, flexible, and short-term education that enables professionals to continue to develop during their careers.