Project Overview

Project Overview

EURO-AGES aims at developing a qualification framework for geology based on learning outcomes rather than input factors on the European level, thereby increasing transparency of the Earth Sciences qualifications and ultimately facilitating academic and professional mobility across Europe while at the same time stimulating students and graduates in the field of geology as well as professional geologists to pursue Life Long Learning. The project will also allow a structured exchange of best practices, expertise and country characteristics of professional practices in geology in the different European countries. The project moreover will provide important reference points for quality assurance and related recognition issues focused on learning outcomes. The project will in this sense add value also to the implementation of the 2005 Directive on recognition of qualifications.

At the same time, this pan-European set of outcome descriptors for the EQF level 6 (“Bachelor/1st cycle”), and 7 (“Master/2nd cycle”) will serve as a reference framework for programme development by individual higher education institutions, for the establishment of national sectoral qualifications frameworks in geology and for the development of a sectoral qualification framework for geology encompassing all levels of the EQF.  The persistent lack of comparable subject-specific tools for assessing and enhancing the quality of geology degree programmes on a national or transnational level in the past has proven to be a potential obstacle to the mobility of geologists and geology students and graduates.

In response to this need – and in line with previous efforts undertaken by EU-supported projects such as “EUR-ACE – Accreditation of European Engineering Programmes”, “Eurobachelor and –master for Chemistry Education” and the “Euro-Informatics project” – we propose a joint project carried by and involving the major stakeholders in the field of higher education in geology in order to develop a Europe-wide applicable qualifications framework for geology degree programmes and procedural guidelines for the assessment of geology degree programmes.