Bologna: an excuse not to be competitive?

Spain“… On this topic, are we not still talking about Bologna because we are scared to be associated with the L word, Lisbon? After all Bologna forms part of the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, no matter how much bad press the latter has acquired. Similar to other parts of this strategy, it is a case of ‘too little, too late’. We Europeans should have invested twice as much in our higher-education system in order to retain our position on (or even near) the front line. It is almost as if we have decided not to compete with the US and Asia. Lisbon tells us we should invest in research and this is indeed important, but as universities we should not allow ourselves to be bullied by companies and the media demeaning quality research because it can’t be easily digested …” (more)

[Bernard Ramanantsoa and Carlos Losada, Educaweb, 6 June]

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