In 1999 university leaders and education ministers from 29 countries signed the Bologna Declaration, with the purpose of implementing the Bologna Process. Fundamentally it is a series of reforms put into motion in order to make European Higher Education more compatible and comparable, which in turn makes for a more competitive and attractive education system, not only for Europeans but also for students and academics from around the world.
The main objectives:Adopt a three tier system of compatible and comparable degrees (BSc, MSc & PhD). Recognition of degrees and academic qualifications. Establish a system of transferable credits (ECTS). Improve transparency between HE systems. Promote mobility by overcoming legal recognition and administrative obstacles. Foster European co-operation in quality assurance.
This was achieved on the 10th March 2010 with the creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), a coherent and cohesive arena in which Europe is able to match the performance of the very best educational systems around the world.
The EHEA now encompasses 46 countries, with Education Ministers, European University Representatives, HE Professionals, Students, QA agencies, UNESCO, the European Commission and the Council of Europe meeting every two years as part of the “Bologna Follow up Group” to ensure implementation and to review its direction.
For more information please click the following link EHEA – Bologna.