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LST Adopts the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) of the Vatican’s Higher Education System

Jan 19, 2021

In his letter dated 19 January 2021, Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi, the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, concluded the approval procedure for the Faculty Statutes and Plan of Studies of Loyola School of Theology as an Ecclesiastical Faculty. The Cardinal Prefect commended LST “for the excellent effort invested in updating its Statutes and Plan of Studies according to the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium of Pope Francis”€, assuring the Faculty as well of his continued support and accompaniment.
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In an earlier decree dated 19 October 2020, the Cardinal Prefect approved the final text of the LST Statutes ad quinquennium experimenti gratia pending the definitive submission of its Plan of Studies together with the comparative presentation of local university credit system and its European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) equivalent. LST forms part of the Vatican’s international Higher Educational System of Pontifical Universities and Ecclesiastical Faculties within and outside the European Union and is therefore a member of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

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According to the website of the European Commission, “The ECTS credit system makes degree programmes and student performance more transparent and comparable across all countries that are members of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)… ECTS allows credits taken at one higher education institution to be counted towards a qualification studied for at another. ECTS credits represent learning based on defined learning outcomes and their associated workload”.

LST has benchmarked with the Ateneo de Manila University’s ECTS equivalence system wherein 1 AdMU unit is recognized as 2 ECTS by its partner schools in Europe. 1 ECTS usually means around 15 to 20 hours of both class contact hours and personal study. Three-unit courses in LST therefore have the equivalence of 6 ECTS, with students expected to devote 3 to 4.5 hours as well of private study per week. Nevertheless, LST will maintain both the Ateneo de Manila and ECTS credit system.

The ECTS takes effect in LST in the Academic Year 2021-2022.

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