Bologna Process - all set for the next decade
European ministers responsible for higher education met at Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, on 28-29 April 2009 to discuss progress in European higher education reform under the Bologna process and to define political orientations for the European Higher Education Area up to 2020.The assembled ministers from 46 countries, European Commissioner Ján Figel' and representatives of higher education institutions, students and other stakeholders adopted a final Communiqué in which they formulate, in particular, the target that in 2020, at least 20% of graduates in the European Higher Education Area should have had a study or training period abroad.
Regarding the development of transparency tools (such as ranking) the Communiqué takes note of current initiatives in this area and underlines that such tools should be developed in close consultation with the key stakeholders and that they should relate closely to the principles of the Bologna Process.
Commissioner Figel' expressed his particular satisfaction with the Bologna Policy Forum that immediately followed the Ministerial Meeting on 29 April and which was attended by higher education ministers or their representatives from 14 countries around the world, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and China. The Forum offered the opportunity to discuss how worldwide co-operation in higher education can be enhanced through the Bologna Process.
The final declaration highlighted the consensus that a more permanent and structured dialogue between 'Bologna' and third countries is a matter of mutual interest and that Bologna Policy Fora should become regular events.
To know more
- Text of the Communiqué
- Text of the Bologna Policy Forum final declaration
- Bologna Process secretariat: Official website of the Ministerial conference
- European Commission: More on the Bologna Process
- European Commission: The contribution of the EU to the Bologna Process