Activities for Integration to the European Higher Education Area (Bologna Process)
ECTS and ECTS Label
ECTS is a system of academic credit allocation and transfer which has been developed experimentally by 145 universities in EU Member States and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and is now being implemented by more than 1.000 institutions.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is intended to promote co-operation between European Higher Education Institutions and to enhance opportunities for students to study abroad which is an important element in academic and professional career development. To facilitate academic recognition, the majority of European universities have adopted the ECTS.
The European Credit Transfer System is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme, objectives preferably specified in terms of learning outcomes and competences to be acquired. ECTS facilitates the recognition of periods of study abroad (but not of the final degrees) for ERASMUS students.
The ECTS provides a common credit scale for measuring the student workload required to complete course units. Each course module has a number of ECTS credits allocated to it.
ECTS provides an instrument to create transparency, to build bridges between institutions and to widen the choices available to students. The system makes it easier for institutions to recognize the learning achievements of students through the use of common measurements. ECTS has its own credit and grading system and provides a means to interpret the various national systems of higher education in member states.
ECTS labelis awarded to institutions by European Commission which apply ECTS the proper way in all first and second cycle degree programmes. The label will raise the profile of the institution as a transparent and reliable partner in European and international cooperation.
Diploma Supplement and Diploma Supplement Label
A diploma supplement is a document that is prepared according to a template that was developed by the cooperation of the European Commission, European, European Council and UNESCO/CEPES and by using the official languages of the European Union (preferably English). Diploma supplements serve the purposes of ensuring academic and occupational recognition of obtained knowledge, skills and competences on an international level and reinforcing that recognition.
A Diploma Supplement Labelis an “excellence document” that states that the diplomas are accepted at the European Union level and as equivalents to the diplomas given by the universities within the European Union. Diplomas and degrees given by universities that have a Diploma Supplement Label are accepted by the European Union Countries. Now that Maltepe University has Diploma Supplement Label, our students’ educational and occupational opportunities in European Countries will increase when they go abroad with the diploma supplements that will be given to them when they graduate.
Maltepe University was awarded with ECTS and Diploma Supplement Labels by the European Commission in 2012.