The next digital leap for higher education

The next digital leap for higher education

This has easily led to errors and requests for additional or additional information have been frustrating for both students and colleges. The new service now facilitates the transfer process, especially when a student returns from an exchange to Finland or to his home institution abroad.

– Previously, the student had to attach a large number of documents to his credit transfer application, with the help of which the processor has then ensured the completion of the credit. Processing and verification has been done manually, which has made the process laborious, as most of the applications may have been returned to students due to incomplete or incorrect information. The reform will make the daily life of teachers, student counselors and students significantly easier, says the project manager Tapio Ekholm From Metropolia.

The new service is based on the EMREX solution, which has been widely adopted in Europe, for example in Norway. EMREX is included in the latest version of the Peppi study system. It enables the cross-border exchange of credit information in an electronic, machine-readable format. Studies completed elsewhere can be effectively and reliably counted towards the degree to be completed without manual work.

Information exchanged electronically between higher education systems is also more reliable because it cannot be destroyed or changed along the way. The reform does not require any action from the students. The new procedures can be introduced as soon as the personnel handling the applications have been trained. The service can be used by all Finnish higher education institutions using the Peppi study system.

Part of wider Nordic cooperation

The reform implemented in Metropolia facilitates and automates the exchange of information between higher education institutions. It works both between universities in different countries and between different universities in the same country. There are many possible use cases for the solution outside of education as well. The Board of Education coordinates the Study in another Nordic country and the Baltic countries project, which focuses on credit information. The goal is to increase awareness of good practices, as their widespread use would promote the digitization of the region.

– Regional cooperation is carried out under the leadership of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The goal is that local reforms and solutions are compatible with Nordic and European solutions and policies. They should therefore be scalable for wider use, like the solution presented in Metropolia, says the project manager. Riikka Rissanen From the Board of Education.

The Study in another Nordic and Baltic country project is a cross-border digital services program implemented in close cooperation with the Digital and Population Information Agency. A key strategic initiative of the Council of Ministers, the Cross Border Digital Services (CBDS) program promotes the interoperability of cross-border digital services through several projects.


Source: Digital and Population Information Services Agency

Source: The Nordic Page




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