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1 Bologna Process at the University of Helsinki University of Helsinki June 2005

2 General aims of the Bologna Process Promotion of the European Higher Education Area Harmonisation of higher education in Europe Adoption of a two-cycle degree system Establishment of a system of credits (ECTS) Promotion of mobility Development of quality assurance systems for higher education Promotion of the transparency of education in Europe

3 Specific aims of the Bologna Process at the University of Helsinki The quality of degrees in the faculties The emphasis on research in the basic degrees The Masters degree will be the primary aim, the Bachelors degree an interim aim The multidisciplinarity of degrees will be furthered by minor subject studies

4 Development of the Quality of Education Evaluation of the Quality of Education and the Degree Programmes at the University of Helsinki Programme for The Development of Teaching and Studies at the University of Helsinki Teaching Evaluation Matrix

5 The objectives for the years The Strategic Plan of the University of Helsinki The Programme for the Development of Teaching and Studies The Strategy for International Activities The Stategy of Virtual University Development of libraries and knowledge management

6 General features of the Bologna Process at the University of Helsinki The faculties responsible for the quality of degrees The Ministry of Education provided project funding for A support group for the reform of degree structures established in spring 2003

7 Two-cycle model for basic degrees The two-cycled basic degree will consist of the Bachelors degree (180 credits / 3 years) and the Masters degree (120 credits / 2 years) The third cycle will consist of postgraduate studies (leading to a postgraduate degree)

8 Alternatives for the structure of basic degrees Examples

9 Reform of the Degree Structure at Finnish Universities The Universities Act and the Decree on Degrees Role of the Ministry of Education in the reform of the degree structure National field-specific coordination groups National joint projects Monitoring of the reform of the degree structure Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council The universities own evaluations of education and teaching

10 Concepts Related to the Reform of the Degree Structure Two-tier basic degree structure Curriculum Credits (ECTS) Academic curriculum core analysis Quality of education and degrees

11 Organisation of the Reform of the degree Structure at the University of Helsinki Faculties and departments Support group for the reform of degree structures Special resources Student participation

12 Official and unofficial University forums and networks Degree reform network Heads of Academic Affairs Vice-Deans Deans Faculty councils Department councils University level committees (Academic Affairs, Virtual University, Library etc.) Faculty level committees Etc.

13 Internal cooperation in the reform of degree structure Faculties Network of Vice-Deans responsible for Academic Affairs Support group National field-specific coordination groups Faculty Councils Rector´s Steering Committee University Senate Library Committee Network of faculties´Heads of Academic Affairs Contact Persons for Specialists in Network-based Education Academic Affairs Committees of faculties Unofficial meetings and events Meetings betw. faculties & the support group Seminars, public events and traíning Department Councils Degree Reform Network (40) Network of Deans Oodi Consortium, Student registration Network of Experts of Educational Development& Research Virtual University Committee Academic Affairs Committee

14 Infrastructure and administration Development of the student register for the needs of the new degree structure Support to the reform of degree structures Staff training Consultation Information related to the degree reform Web pages Events University magazines and internet newsletters Etc.

15 International cooperation Tuning –project Mathematics Physics Chemistry Bologna Laboratory (UNICA network) Joint degrees Trends IV

16 Common Principles approved by the University of Helsinki Length of degrees (3 years+2 year The extent of basic, intermediate, advanced studies and studies of teacher education Theses and their extent Minor subject studies Language studies and ICT studies, practical training and labour market orientation and personal study plan Grading scales and minimum ECTS credits for a course Teaching periods Transfer to Masters degree studies after the Bachelors degree The principles of Masters programmes and joint degrees Principles applying to the transition period International dimension of degrees Diploma, diploma supplement and student record transcripts Changes in student admission resulting from the reform of the degree structure Monitoring study progress Quality assurance

17 Grading scales Course grading scale: 0-5 (no relative grading) Bachelors thesis grading scale: 0-5 Masters thesis grading scale: 7-tier scale in Latin Grading scales used since

18 Duties of the Support Group Coordination of the reform of degree structures and cooperation between faculties Follow-up and promotion of strategies relevant to the reform of degree structures Preparation of principles at the university level Guidelines, recommendations and scheduling of the reform Information and training at the university level (www, in- house publications, visits to faculties and departments, best practices) National and international cooperation relating to the reform of degree structures

19 Composition of the Support Group Chair: Vice-Rector Hannele Niemi (responsible for teaching at the University) 8 other members 2 student representatives 1 professor 3 vice-deans 1 senior assistant Head of Academic Affairs not all faculties are represented A team of three administrators is responsible for the preparation of matters dealt with by the Support Group

20 The Personal Study Plans at the University of Helsinki The performance agreement for signed by the UH and the Ministry of Education states that the University will introduce a system of Personal Study Plans written by students in all fields of education The Personal Study Plan is concidered to be significant in supporting student´s study process

21 What is the Personal Study Plan? In the UH the Personal Study Plan is a study planning and guidance tool. It supports students in managing the process of studying The Personal Study Plan will be formulated in consultation with the student´s supervisors troughout the period of study The Personal Study Plan will be approached as a process affecting the entire study period and will be designed to support the development of the student´s academic expertise

22 Principles of the Personal Study Plan by the University Senate The Personal Study Plan will form a part of the requirements for the Bachelor´s and Master´s degrees The workload of the Personal Study Plan will be equivalent to 1-3 ECTS credits in the Bachelor´s and 1-2 ECTS credits in the Master´s degree The Personal Study Plan may be integrated with other courses The Personal Study Plan will be ongoing troughout the student´s studies

23 The Personal Study plan is flexible and you can get e.g. your minor subject studies, practical training and student exchange scheduled in your plan. This will help you to see your studies a whole The way in which the Personal Study Plan is integrated with the teaching and how it will be taken into practice will vary according to the field of study More detailed information you can get at your faculty or department An electric personal study planning tool (eHOPS tool) is being developed as a part of the WebOodi system. The eHOPS tool will be taken into practice during 2006

24 Who will adopt the Personal Study Plan? All the new students starting their studies after The students who have started their studies before 2005 AND have decided to adopt the new degree system may adopt the Personal Study Plan depending on their faculty Please contact your faculty/department for more specific information


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