In 1999, the ministers of education of 29 countries met to discuss the future development of higher education in Europe. The post-summit declaration - the Bologna Declaration - expressed the goal of developing a European Higher Education Area by 2010. This development is known as the Bologna Process, you can read more on the microsite and download their brochure here
Bologna Experts funded by the European Commission, have been appointed in all Lifelong Learning Programme countries. A national team of 13 UK Bologna Experts and two student representatives have been selected from nominations made by our stakeholders.
The Experts assist UK higher education institutions with the three Bologna priorities:
- Quality Assurance
- The Three Cycle System
- Recognition – ECTS/ Diploma Supplement, Europass, Lisbon Recognition Convention
as well as the other aspects of the Bologna Process:
- Promotion of Mobility
- Student-centred outcome-based learning
- Recognition of prior learning
- Qualifications Framework
- Social Dimension
- Promotion of the European dimension in Higher Education
- Lifelong Learning
- Promoting the European Higher Education Area in a global setting
- European Higher Education Area and European Research area
Please see the Academic Recognition page for further information and to dowload the application forms for the ECTS label and Diploma Supplement.
The report, 'Going Mobile: Internationalisation, mobility and the European Higher Education Area' was launched in November 2012 by the British Council and and Higher Education Acadamy It calls on UK universities to commit to securing 20% participation in mobility among all higher education students by 2020. It highlights challenges to and opportunities for UK universities in achieving the 2009 Leuven 20/2020 commitment. The report’s author, Simon Sweeney, Lecturer in International Political Economy and Business in the York Management School and a member of the Bologna Expert Team (both at University of York), describes the report as uncompromising in its calling for, “a much greater effort from our universities to ensure that internationalisation strategies are driven by educational imperatives rather than dictated by economic ends.” Sweeney also offers proposals for how the situation can be improved.
You can also download a pdf of the report 'Recognition and the Bologna process through Engagement with Employers'. This is based on the seminar work of Bologna Experts, NARIC students and Employers / Employer Organisations from Ireland, Estonia, Finland, Slovenia, Germany and UK, which was held in November 2010 in London.
If your institution wishes to contact a Bologna Expert to request a visit or a telephone conference please complete this form providing as much detail as possible and return it to the Erasmus team at the British Council.
To see information on forthcoming Bologna-related events, please visit our Bologna News and Events page. Presentations and reports from past events are also available in the Bologna Events Archive.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. These web pages reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein