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University World News: Micro-credentials: A new category of education is rising

Alejandro Caballero, Sean Gallagher, Hanne Shapiro and Holly Zanville
05 July 2022

Despite the lack of globally accepted standards or even agreement on language, micro-credentials have proven to be a promising way to fulfil student and labour market needs that are unique to the digital age.

It has been estimated that 50% of employees worldwide will need reskilling by 2025 due to digitalisation. In that context, micro-credentials become a means of creating efficient lifelong learning opportunities, making skills visible and portable, regardless of how they were earned.

Micro-credentials include certificates, digital badges, licences and apprenticeships, the latter equating to full qualifications in Europe.

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