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EAN CONFERENCE June 30 – July 2, 2008, Berlin. „Challenges for Europe: European Higher Education in a Global Setting“ Barbara Weitgruber Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research Chair of the Bologna Working Group „EHEA in a Global Setting“. Context: The Bologna Process.

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Ean conference june 30 july 2 2008 berlin


June 30 – July 2, 2008, Berlin

Ean conference june 30 july 2 2008 berlin

„Challenges for Europe:

European Higher Education

in a Global Setting“

Barbara Weitgruber

Austrian Federal Ministry

of Science and Research

Chair of the Bologna Working Group

„EHEA in a Global Setting“

Context the bologna process
Context: The Bologna Process

Overarching aim:

  • A European Higher Education Area (EHEA); internationally competitive and attractive


  • By facilitating greater comparability and compatibility between the diverse HE systems and institutions across Europe and by enhancing their quality

  • In close cooperation of governments, HEI, students and other stakeholders

Members in the bologna process
Members in theBologna Process

  • 46 countries

  • European Commission

  • 8 consultative members: EUA (European University Association), EURASHE (The European Association of Institutions in HE), ESU (European Students´ Union), Council of Europe, UNESCO-CEPES (The European Center for Higher Education), ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), BUSINESSEUROPE; Education International – Pan-European Structure

Sweeping reforms in he
Sweeping Reforms in HE

  • Easily readable and comparable degrees:

    a qualifications framework of three cycles

  • Three cycles: Bachelor - Master – PhD (each cycle relevant to labour market →employability)

  • Joint degrees (European dimension)

  • National qualifications framework: describe what learners should know, understand and be able to do

  • National framework <-> European framework

Sweeping reforms in he1
Sweeping Reforms in HE

  • Recognition of Qualifications: Lisbon Recognition Convention; National Information Centres

  • Transparency tools: ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) and Diploma Supplement

  • European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education & European standards and guidelines for Quality Assurance in HE

  • Lifelong Learning: inherent in all aspects (flexible learning paths, recognition of prior learning . . .)

Sweeping reforms in he2
Sweeping Reforms in HE

  • Mobility of students and staff: core objective; part of HE culture; many obstacles remain

  • Global Context:

    -> Growing interest world-wide

    -> Strategy adopted by ministers

    -> Policy Areas: improving information on, and promoting the attractiveness & competitiveness of the EHEA; strengthening cooperation based on partnership; intensifying policy dialogue and improving recognition of qualifications

The social dimension
The Social Dimension

  • “ We strive for the societal goal that the student body entering, participating in and completing HE should reflect the diversity of our populations. We therefore pledge to take action to widen participation at all levels on the basis of equal opportunities.” (London, 2007)

  • No narrow definition of social cohesion!

  • Important: to improve availability of data on the social dimension across all the countries participating in the Bologna Process

The social dimension1
The Social Dimension

  • 2009: Report on national strategies and policies for the social dimension, including national action plans

  • Measures

    -> to promote equal opportunities (access, participation and completion)

    -> to widen access to/participation in HE for underrepresented groups

    -> to enhance the study experience

    -> to increase formal and actual student influence on and participation in HE governance

European higher education
European Higher Education

  • Academic Values: institutional autonomy, academic freedom, democratic principles and equal opportunities

  • HEI: enrich and transmit traditions and cultural heritage to succeeding generations

  • HEI: important role in European integration & in building a knowledge society

  • EHEA: based on cooperation and solidarity

  • European contribution to the global public good

  • European answers to global challenges

European higher education area
European Higher Education Area

“Building on our rich and diverse European cultural heritage, we are developing an EHEA based on institutional autonomy, academic freedom, equal opportunities and democratic principles that will facilitate mobility, increase employability and strengthen Europe’s attractiveness and competitiveness."

Ministers responsible for Higher Education in the countries participating in the Bologna Process, London Communiqué, May 2007

Ean conference june 30 july 2 2008 berlin

For Further Information:

European Bologna Website:


Thank you for your attention!