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RPL in Practice

RPL in Practice


The RPL in Practice project aimed to narrow the gap between policy and practice by establishing a peer group concentrated on recognition of prior learning, supporting the implementation of recognition and validation procedures.

The project's main objective was to encourage participating countries' use of peer learning to develop quality-assured and consistent working methods for recognising non-formal and informal learning that conform to the conditions of the participating countries.
The participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) benefitted from the exchange of best practices, allowing them to improve their methods for recognising prior learning. Additionally, it led to a common understanding of standards and procedures when it comes to RPL and placing a focus on implementation.
Partners in the project were national authorities from five countries: Austria, Croatia, Iceland, Ireland and Sweden, as well as Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Ireland, and EURASHE. Each country had also appointed higher education institutions to take part in the project. The national authorities provided the platform for national policy discussion. During the project, participating HEIs tested cases of RPL and supported the development of practical guidelines.

Participating partners and HEIs

Project partners

Sweden (coordinator)

Swedish Ministry of Education and Research

The Swedish Council for Higher Education, UHR

Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria – AQ Austria

Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Ministry of Education, Science and Culture

Rannís The Icelandic Centre for Research

Ministry of Science and Education

Munster Technological University

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

The Irish Universities Association (IUA)


Participating Higher Education Institutions


University of Gothenburg

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Universität für Bodenkultur Wien

FH Campus Wien

Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich (PH OÖ)

University of Iceland

Iceland University of the Arts

University of Rijeka

Algebra University College

Munster Technological University

Mary Immaculate College (MIC)