A partnership for ECVET mobility is formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU): a framework agreement between partner organisations, from two or more countries, confirming cooperation arrangements and procedures. The MoU sets out the roles of the involved parties and details the conditions via which learning outcomes can be achieved, assessed and potentially transferred.
The key aspects that must be shared, discussed, agreed on and made explicit in the MoU - prior to launching any mobility programme - include:
details of organisations signing the MoU: confirming areas of competence and responsibility in their country.
available qualifications and units of learning outcomes: namely, those suitable for use with learners undertaking a period of geographical mobility.
assessment, documentation, validation and recognition procedures: confirming roles and responsibilities alongside mechanisms, tools, techniques and templates.
Within the MoU, partners should:
confirm their acceptance of quality assurance, assessment, validation and recognition criteria and procedures as adequate for credit transfer.
agree on the terms of the partnership, including objectives, the planned duration of future mobilities (minimum, maximum) and mechanisms for evaluation and revision of the MoU.
agree on units of learning outcomes that can be embedded or adapted to meet mobility programme delivery and credit transfer needs (refer also to: Identify Units of Learning Outcomes).
identify all other actors and institutions involved in mobility, validation and recognition related activities, confirming their roles and duties in this respect.
A common MoU Template is provided under Tools. Also, under Examples, some completed MoU Templates can be accessed.
In this video, Risto Virkkunen of Kainuu Vocational College (Finland), elaborates on the basic elements that are brought together in a Memorandum of Understanding.