What should learning and education be about? Not about how many hours you spend in a classroom or how many books you read, but really about what you are able to do after your learning experience that you weren’t able to do before. That can be something you can explain or do, but could also be more of a quality you have developed, such as greater empathy or resilience. What is relevant are the competencies and qualities that you develop and can usefully use in your life.
We learn all the time - at work, at play, in our families, with our friends. Learning when framed like this is life-long learning, not limited to a formal learning environment. Books and courses can help us develop a competence, but they are only one way. More often than not it is in practice that we learn the most. The question is: how do we help each other recognise what we have learned through all the activities in our life, and share that information in such a way that it is useful to someone else anywhere in the world?
Ubiquity University and AIESEC have formed a strategic partnership to answer that question. Ubiquity’s Global Standard CredentialsTM are credentials that anyone can gain by submitting evidence of competence from any domain of life. These credentials are composed of internationally recognized competency stacks, which means that they can easily be related to existing credentials anywhere in the world. Ubiquity’s partner Skillsbook has developed a database of over 70,000 competencies mapped to globally recognized credentials, together with the Australian government.
That is not the only thing that makes them global. All Ubiquity credentials are mapped to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, meaning anyone with a Global Standard CredentialTM can now demonstrate to the world how well equipped they are to deal with the major challenges facing humanity and our planet today.
Ubiquity is prototyping the Global Standard CredentialTM with AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run organization with offices in 120 countries. All AIESEC staff will be assessed at intake on their competency profile and matched to the appropriate job. A learning and development pathway will be mapped out for them to enable them to develop the appropriate competencies so they can perform their work optimally for AIESEC. As they demonstrate competence, they will be building towards a Ubiquity Global Standard CredentialTM, from competency-based badges to an Advanced Diploma, MA and MBA. AIESEC’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will be made all the more real as AIESEC members start to be able to show the world how they can and are already contributing to solving our biggest global challenges. Learning will never be the same.