VALERU VNIL Research Published

Published on: May 18, 2015

Jon Talbot wrote a very interesting paper on how VNIL is relevant for Russian Higher Education:

“Recognising Non-formal and Informal learning: Modernising Russian Higher Education or Irrelevant?”

Read more about the origins of VNIL, the globalised economy, need for lifelong learning and VNIL, barriers to adoption and VNIL in the Russian context in this article.

The article was published in the Journal of Education and Science, 5 (4), pp. 142-157.


One of the most significant global developments in higher education in the post-war period has been the incorporation of learning gained by students from outside the academy into a formally accredited programme of study. Practices have developed in many countries using a variety of terms but in the last decade international bodies such as UNESCO, the OECD and the European Union have adopted the term ‘Validation of Non-formal and informal Learning (VNIL). This paper outlines the forces which have created VNIL and briefly outlines some of the practices before discussing their potential for application in Russian universities. It has been written as a result of the authors’ participation in the European Union funded VALERU project which aims to identify the potential for transfer to a Russian context.

Talbot, J. (2015): Recognising Non-formal and Informal learning: modernising Russian higher education or irrelevant? In: Journal of Education and Science, 5 (4), pp. 142-157.

Author: Isabell Grundschober

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