April 19, 2024
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Twelve Google and IBM Professional Certificates

Coursera is announcing today that the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) has certified 12 Professional Certificates from Google and IBM, with European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credit recommendations available exclusively on Coursera. Now, ministries, higher education institutions, and students can accept and transfer university credit for eligible industry micro-credentials on Coursera at institutions across 49 member nations in the ECC/Bologna process. This cross-sector initiative represents a major step toward establishing a global ecosystem for credit recognition of online learning and industry micro-credentials.

In a competitive labor market, universities and employers are increasingly using online learning to bridge the skills gaps for graduates. However, varying national systems can hinder qualification recognition, posing challenges for governments and institutions seeking consistent credit recognition for non-traditional credentials, online learning, or mobility periods abroad.

“The recognition of ECTS credits for industry micro-credentials makes it easier for universities to offer ‘career electives’ that count as credit towards a college degree and prepare students for jobs when they graduate,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO, Coursera. “Higher education must collaborate with industry to meet the rapidly changing needs of employers and students, and industry micro-credentials with ECTS credits are a simple and easy way to do that.”

“Industry micro-credentials offer individuals of varied backgrounds a clear path to future career readiness, and FIBAA certification provides certainty to stakeholders that each Professional Certificate is a quality-assured education and training programme,” said Diane Freiberger, FIBAA Managing Director. “This certification simplifies credit recognition for higher education institutions, increases employer trust in the skills of applicants, and reassures learners that their educational investment will be recognized.”

ECTS certifications by FIBAA help learners earn academic credit for courses completed outside of academic institutions by evaluating the quality and creditworthiness of non-traditional content. Entry-level Professional Certificates on Coursera, designed by leading global companies to prepare students without prior work experience for in-demand digital jobs in fields such as data science, cybersecurity, and UX design, have been certified by FIBAA and are recommended for recognition of the following ECTS credits:

Google
Google Data Analytics 7 ECTS
Google Project Management 6 ECTS
Google IT Support5 ECTS
Digital Marketing and E-Commerce7 ECTS
Google UX Design 9 ECTS
Google IT Automation5 ECTS
IBM
IBM Data Engineering8 ECTS
IBM Data Science6 ECTS
IBM Cybersecurity Analyst4 ECTS
IBM Data Analyst with Excel and R4 ECTS
IBM Data Analyst6 ECTS
IBM Full Stack Software Developer6 ECTS

“We’re proud that the Google Career Certificates are now certified for ECTS credits,” said Amanda Brophy, Director, Grow with Google. “This is a significant step forward to ensure that global learners can obtain credit while learning job-ready skills for growing fields like cybersecurity and data analytics. We’re excited that more students can increase their career prospects by learning from experts at Google while pursuing a degree.”

“Earning ECTS credit recommendations for IBM Professional Certificates on Coursera signifies our dedication to maintaining high-quality education standards and empowering individuals to secure their careers with globally-recognized qualifications,” said Leon Katsnelson, Director & CTO, IBM Skills Network. “The collaboration between industry and academia, exemplified by our FIBAA approval, allows learners to not only obtain job-ready credentials but also use their learning to progress toward a degree, bridging the gap between education and industry needs.”

Learn more about ECTS Credit Recommendations on Coursera here and ACE Credit Recommendations on Coursera here. For more information about Coursera for Campus, visit coursera.org/campus.

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