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1 The participation of Polytechnics in the European Higher Education Area 13.4.2005

2 The Bologna process The Bologna Declaration 1999 The follow-up meeting in Prague 2001 The Lisbon Strategy 2001 The Copenhagen process 2002 The follow-up meeting in Berlin 2003 The follow-up meeting in Bergen 2005

3 The objectives of the Bologna process by the year 2010 Easily readable and comparable degrees Uniform degree structures Establishment of a system of credits Increased mobility The European co-operation in quality assurance The European dimension in higher education

4 Easily readable and comparable degrees A common European/national context Comparable, transparent degrees Required starting (initial) level, substitute courses, an entrance to further studies Curriculums based on competences Diploma Supplement, an enclosure to the Diploma

5 Uniform degree structures 2 levels: Bachelor and Master First cycle: lower university degree, polytechnic degree Second cycle: higher university degree, polytechnic postgraduate degree Third cycle: Doctors degree


7 ECTS Introduction of the European system of dimensioning higher education studies ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) Transfer and accumulation system 1 credit unit = 1,5 credit points Defines the students´ workload

8 Establishment of a system of credits = The dimension system of studies A Polytechnic degree is –180 credit points (120 credit units/3 years) –210 credit points (140 credit units/ 3,5 years) –240 credit points (160 credit units/4 years) The students´ workload / academic year is 1600 hours, which is 60 credit points

9 Degree Diplomas All degree diplomas after 1.8.2005 will be given in credit points The conversion factor for students who have started their studies earlier is 1,5 Diploma text: –The system of measuring higher education studies in Finland is going to change. Credits will be replaced by the new unit of measurement, ECTS credit, on 1 August 2005. A students annual workload of 1,600 hours will be worth 60 ECTS credits. The extent of degrees will remain unchanged.

10 Increased mobility Recognition of knowledge and degrees Financing: Socrates (2000-2006), Leonardo da Vinci (2000 – 2006) and Erasmus Mundus (2004 – 2008) Joint Degrees and Double Degrees

11 The European co-operation in quality assurance Quality assurance system Periodical check-ups The quality of the provided education is accepted in all EU countries Entrance to markets ENQA network (European Network of Quality Assurance in Higher Education)

12 The European dimension in higher education Dualism and the different objectives and tasks in the higher education area: level of required knowledge Learning results: knowledge, skills and competence Similarity between the university sector and the polytechnic sector: –Language and communication skills –International skills –Ethical aspects –Knowledge and communication skills

13 Curriculum Academic Curriculum Core Analysis –Must know: basic knowledge –Should know: complementary knowledge –Nice to know: special knowledge Evaluation of workload –The degrees´ workload compared to the study periods amount and methods of work Consistent descriptions of the study content

14 The duration of an academic year Vaasa Polytechnic will introduce the ECTS- system from 1.8.2005 The students´ workload during one academic year is 1600 hours/60 credit points and includes structured teaching, individual work, practical training, exams, written assignments.. 22.8.2005 – 16.6.2006 (= 40 weeks) Christmas holiday: 2 weeks, winter holiday: 1 week, independent studies during week 43 Period 5, practical training and thesis

15 Dimensioning the practical training Practical training to promote professional skills Dimensioning according to actual workload 1 credit point is approximately 27 work hours

16 Language skills Statements in the degree diplomas: –Language of education –Language of maturity test –The language skills provided by Polytechnics ought to respond to the requirements within bilingual authorities concerning the second domestic language (424/2003, 6 §)

17 Language skills Polytechnic grades 1 – 3 = satisfactory and grades 4 – 5 = good. The evaluation of English and the second domestic language  preparing studies Compulsory language studies are at least 2 credit units / 3 ECTS –Foreign language (English or other) –Second domestic language –Finnish/Swedish language and communication

18 You need time to learn, not just to study

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