Bologna process: Decent salaries and fair working conditions are the pillars for high-quality higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2020 by steve

“In the upcoming European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Ministerial Conference that will be held in Rome on 19 November 2020, 48 countries will adopt the Rome Communiqué which sets the main goals and challenges of the Bologna Process for the next decade …” (more, video)

[ETUCE, 29 October]

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What’s Left of the Bologna Process

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“Last week, Ministers responsible for higher education from the 48 countries, constituting the members of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), met in Paris for the regular triennial ‘Bologna Process Ministerial Conference’. Which was odd, because the substantive bits of the Bologna Process have been over for about a decade now. So, what were they talking about? …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 30 May]


IFUT calls for adherence to Eurowide ‘Bologna Process’ to ensure standards in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, to ensure implementation of the European-wide Bologna Process, to ensure adequate funding, compatibility, academic freedom and working conditions in higher education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 May]

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The Bologna Process and its withering political salience

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2015 by steve

EU“In this post, Jens Jungblut, Martina Vukasovic and Mari Elken examine the developments in the Bologna Process. In particular, focus is on the participation at the ministerial conferences and what these can tell us about the state of the Bologna Process …” (more)

[Hedda, 3 November]

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European student union’s warning over Bologna dream

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2015 by steve

EU“The European Students’ Union, or ESU, has warned that the Bologna process, which seeks to harmonise and reform higher education across the continent, is in danger of becoming obsolete because of uneven implementation and poor follow-up of commitments by many European countries …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 10 July]

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Lifelong learning as a human right

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2015 by steve

International“Higher education systems around the world have been undergoing dramatic changes over the past few generations. In fact, the changes have been so dramatic that one could argue we are experiencing an educational revolution that has impacted on every aspect of higher education …” (more)

[Patrick Blessinger, University World News, 13 March]

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Postgraduate studies, a higher calling?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“One of the curiosities of my university education was that I completed my first postgraduate degree before I completed any undergraduate one. If I were to write about that in any detail, it would be too mind-numbingly boring …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 April]

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Disappearing Academic Thought

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Ciar McCormick argues that a private university shuns the notion of the common good in education …” (more)

[University Times, 3 February]

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Just as bad, in a different way

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2013 by steve

EU“… I have heard countless stories about the massive problems encountered by colleagues across Europe as the Bologna Process is implemented. This shift – from degree systems of four or five years to a universal three-year undergraduate degree, with a two-year master’s – has meant vast curriculum changes, combined with equally sweeping changes in assessment patterns …” (more)

[Susan Bassnett, Times Higher Education, 10 January]

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Europe’s Budget Crisis Hits Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2012 by steve

“St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Ireland, has been training teachers for more than 135 years, for the past two decades as an autonomous college of Dublin City University. But in September, it received a letter saying that it would become a much more integral part of the university …” (more)

[Christopher Schuetze, New York Times, 25 November]

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Is the Magna Charta Universitatum still relevant?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“More than 110 academics and university administrators met in Bologna, Italy, on 21 September for the 24th anniversary conference of the Magna Charta Universitatum – a declaration on fundamental university principles that has now been signed by some 750 universities worldwide …” (more)

[Lee Adendorff, University World News, 30 September]


Bologna reforms now implemented and widely accepted

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2012 by steve

“Ten years after the formal introduction of bachelor and masters degrees at German higher education institutions in the wake of the Bologna reforms, most courses have been adapted to the new degree system …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 12 August]

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The Bologna Process: reinventing the never-ending saga?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2012 by steve

“Just over a week ago, the Bucharest communiqué was adopted, the seventh communique in the Bologna process that started in 1999. Now encompassing 47 countries it often tends to be glorified by the actors involved as a great success and hallmark of changes achieved, whereas the research evidence tends to be more modest in terms of the actual impacts and convergence …” (more)

[Higher Education Development Association, 9 May]


Bologna not to taste of German critics

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2012 by steve

“Reforms instigated by the Bologna Process are damaging German universities and producing lower-quality graduates, a conference has heard. Felix Grigat, a representative of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers, said that changes introduced under the programme to harmonise European higher education systems had undermined institutional autonomy and universities’ ability to educate students to high standards …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 6 May]

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Filtering Bologna’s muddy waters

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2012 by steve

“When higher education ministers from 47 countries of the European continent meet in Bucharest on 26-27 April to pronounce on the next steps for the Bologna Process and the construction of the European Higher Education Area, will they be functioning as some sort of cabal? And, as some critics claim, promoting ‘an underhand revolution’? …” (more)

[Anne Corbett, Times Higher Education, 19 April]

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Ministers to consider mobility measures as countries fall short of target

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2012 by steve

“Ministers from 47 European countries will be warned that they risk missing their goal of at least 20% of graduates studying or training abroad when they assess progress towards the Bologna goals in Bucharest later this month …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley and Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 15 April]

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Time for blue skies thinking about the future of higher education in Europe

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2012 by steve

“Making space and time for blue skies thinking is a research dilemma of our times. Funders are typically interested in short-term results. Will it be the same for higher education when ministers from 47 European countries meet in Bucharest on 26-27 April for the 2012 Bologna ministerial conference? …” (more)

[Anne Corbett and Sacha Garben, University World News, 8 April]


A new role for ‘old world’ universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2012 by steve

“In the past 10 years, the European higher education landscape has undergone enormous changes. Many of these have been directly linked with, or driven by, the massification of higher education and the need to efficiently qualify the workforce and equip it with the skills required by a competitive global market …” (more)

[Helena Nazare, University World News, 5 February]

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The Bologna process in the post-Soviet world

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The effects of the Bologna process on the post-Soviet world have been treated insufficiently by policy-makers and researchers …” (more)

[Arevik Ohanyan, University World News, 3 April]


Fears for degree muddle

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2011 by steve

“The dispute over Germany’s retention of its old diplom degree in the engineering sciences despite the Bologna process has been given further impetus through the adoption of new legislation by the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the announcement by a leading university specialising in engineering sciences that it will introduce new diplom courses this year …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 9 January]

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