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The Modernisation of Higher Education Introduction Anthony Vickers 27 th June 2012
Modernisation – The Bologna Process The modernisation of higher education agenda has been set mainly by the Bologna Process which began life as the Sorbonne declaration (France, Italy, Germany UK) in 1998 and soon became the Bologna Declaration (29 countries) in 1999. today the bologna Process (http://www.ehea.info/) has 49 member countries (http://www.ehea.info/members.aspx).http://www.ehea.info/http://www.ehea.info/members.aspx The ten action lines that were developed as part of the Bologna Process were; Established in the Bologna Declaration of 1999: 1. Adoption of a system of easily readable and comparable degrees 2. Adoption of a system essentially based on two cycles 3. Establishment of a system of credits 4. Promotion of mobility 5. Promotion of European co-operation in quality assurance 6. Promotion of the European dimension in higher education Added after the Prague Ministerial summit of 2001: 7. Focus on lifelong learning 8. Inclusion of higher education institutions and students 9. Promotion of the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area Added after the Berlin Ministerial summit of 2003: 10. Doctoral studies and the synergy between the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area
Modernisation – The Bologna Process In 2010 the European Higher Education Area was stated to exist and the priorities for the next decade were set as; Social dimension Lifelong learning Employability Student-centred learning Education, research and innovation Mobility Data collection Multidimensional transparency tools Funding Source: “Bologna beyond 2010 – Report on the development of the European Higher Education Area, Background Paper for the Bologna Follow-up Group prepared by the Benelux Bologna Secretariat -, Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve Ministerial Conference, 28-29 April 2009”
Bucharest April 2012 www.ehea.info
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