PRIME (Problems of Recognition In Making Erasmus) is a project by Erasmus Student Network, one of the biggest students organization in Europe. It is a complex qualitative and quantitative research which aim is to point out the examples of existing obstacles to student mobility and to provide suggestions for improvements in order to facilitate student exchange in Europe.
In 2009 PRIME Report 100 higher education institutions from 24 countries and nearly 2 400 former exchange students were surveyed.
PRIME 2011 foresees a three-level research among National Agencies, Higher Education Institutions and students to obtain a precise overview and to identify problem sources, best practices and success stories.
The aim of the present study is to investigate work of National Agencies and practices at different universities and faculties throughout Europe regarding:
- Information provision about Erasmus student exchange and other exchanges;
- Course credit calculation and usage of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) at European universities;
- Negotiation and signing of the Learning Agreement;
- Recognition of courses studied abroad, the validity of the Learning Agreement in recognition, the involved parties and common problems;
- System of grade transfers;
- Division and portability of Erasmus grants.
Subsequently, PRIME aims at mapping and monitoring best practices both from the side of universities and students on how to deal with the recognition problems and at disseminating them all around Europe.