Bologna experts – challenges and expectations
Lene Oftedal, Ruard Wallis de Vries
European Commission
Oslo 06.06.2011
Outline presentation
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The Challenges for Higher Education
The Policy Context
National teams of Bologna experts
The trainings
Conclusions
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Challenges for Higher Education
• Access, participation and successful completion of
studies
• Deliver high quality education and research
• Need to improve tranversal skills (critical thinking
creativity, entrepeneurial skills, flexibility, language skills
• Need to improve the knowledge triangle to obtain
excellence
Challenges cont.
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Deliver high quality education and research
Massification
Graduate unemployability
International cooperation
Increase Learning Mobility
Equality of opportunities in higher education
Europe2020 benchmarks
Early School Leaving
2008
14.9%
2020
10% at most
Higher Education Attainment (Age 30-34)
2008
33%
2020
40% at least
27, 5
Ireland
49, 9
32, 1
Denmark
47, 0
21, 2
Luxembourg
46, 1
31, 8
Sweden
45, 8
40, 3
Finland
45, 7
31, 1
Cyprus
45, 1
35, 2
Belgium
44, 4
42, 6
43, 8
Lithuania
27, 4
France
43, 5
29, 0
United Kingdom
43, 0
26, 5
Netherlands
41, 4
29, 2
Spain
40, 6
30, 8
Estonia
40, 0
12, 5
Poland
35, 3
18, 5
Slovenia
33, 6
18, 6
Latvia
32, 3
25, 7
Germany
29, 8
25, 4
Greece
28, 4
19, 5
Bulgaria
27, 7
14, 8
Hungary
25, 7
15, 9
Austria
23, 5
11, 3
Portugal
23, 5
10, 6
Slovakia
2000
22, 1
13, 7
Czech Republic
2010
20, 4
11, 6
Italy
19, 8
7, 4
M alta
18, 6
8, 9
Romania
18, 1
16. 2
Croatia
22, 6
32, 6
Iceland
40, 9
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Turkey
15. 5
37, 3
Norway
(%)
Benchmark 2020
34, 8
22, 4
EU 27
47, 3
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10
15
20
25
30
35
Source: DG Education and Culture – Data source: Eurostat (LFS)
Note: Croatia: 2002 instead of 2000. Luxembourg and Malta: 2010 data is provisional
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45
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European Policy Context
• Europe2020
• The Bologna Process
• Education&Training 2020
• Modernisation of Higher Education
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European tools
• Open Method of Coordination
• Programmes – LLP, Erasmus Mundus, Marie Curie (FP7)
• Transparency tools : European Credit and Transfer
System and Diploma Supplement – ECTS & DS, rankings
• EU plays facilitating, agenda-setting and benchmarking
role
• NAs to coordinate the national teams
• Bologna experts – executive role
National Teams of Bologna experts
• Since 2004
• Actors: the Commission, the LLP National Authorities,
the LLP NA, the Bologna Experts
• Based on: the Lifelong Learning Programme, the
Invitation to submit, National Applications, Activity Plans
• Co-financing: Activity Plans up to 90% co-financed by
the EU Commission
• Purpose, framework, tasks, profile
National Teams of Bologna experts
Purpose
• to provide a pool of expertise to promote and enhance
progress toward higher education reform in the LLP
countries.
• The Activity Plan for the National Teams will make sure
that all those involved in Higher Education on a national
level benefit from the pan-European nature of these
reforms.
National Teams of Bologna experts
Framework
• Category I:
Implementing the Bologna Process
reforms
and/or
• Category II:
Promoting European Union initiatives
and programmes in the field of higher education, and in
relation to the Bologna Process
National Teams of Bologna experts
Tasks - At national level. Priorities:
• promoting the use of Bologna-approved tools of
recognition, such as ECTS, the Diploma Supplement and
the Learning Agreement. This includes assistance in the
preparation and assessment of ECTS and DS labels
applications.
• assistance in setting up National Qualification
Frameworks.
• assistance to higher education institutions in setting up
internal quality assurance systems at HEI level.
National Teams of Bologna experts
Tasks - at international level.
• Participate in European training events
• Invite Bologna Experts from other National Teams to
provide advice and assistance
• Organisation of events involving Bologna Experts from
various countries
• ECTS visits : Bologna Experts from other National Teams
may be invited to advise higher education institutions on
the correct implementation of ECTS.
National Teams of Bologna experts
Profile
• “peer-to-peer” exercise.
• Bologna Experts are professionals active in higher
education advising their colleagues on how best to
introduce higher education reforms.
• The Experts do not replace the work done by Ministries
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• Balanced team, covering Bologna priorities. Students
National Teams of Bologna experts
Profile - Members of the National Team are to hold one of
the following positions (or a combination thereof):
• (Vice-)Rectors
• Deans
• Senior Academics
• Directors of Study
• International Relations Officers
• Higher Education Experts
Bologna experts’ training
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Learn more about keys issues
Discuss with and learn from peers
Get inspired
Active participation
Bring knowledge back home to be a better activist for
reforming higher education
What’s next
• 2 more years with the Higher Education Reform
Project/National teams of Bologna experts – 2012-2013
• Training in focus areas to improve mobility, recognition,
social dimension
• Implementation of ECTS and DS
• Communication on Modernisation of Higher Education
(autumn 2011) and Bologna 2012 Communiqué will be
agenda setting
Thank you for your attention !
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