The European Higher Education Area in 2018: Bologna Process Implementation Report

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Publication Date 2018
ISBN 978-92-9492-740-8
EC EC-01-18-252-EN-N
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+ The European Higher Education Area in 2015: Bologna Process Implementation Report
+ The European Higher Education Area in 2012: Bologna Process Implementation ReportThe Bologna Process had brought us a long way towards achieving the goals for European higher education set two decades ago. This third edition of the Bologna Process Implementation Report published in 2018 provided clear evidence of change in the higher education landscape. It showed where progress had been made, but also pointed to the gaps that needed to be filled if we were to strengthen European higher education cooperation on the basis of quality and mutual trust.

Higher education had been evolving rapidly to respond to fast changing demands. Overall in Europe, we were becoming better educated, as more students had the opportunity to develop the high-level skills and knowledge that societies required.

Thanks to the Bologna Process and the Erasmus+ programme, students had become more mobile, and could benefit from study and employment opportunities abroad. Yet Europe also faced challenges in this changing environment:

+ How do we recognise and reward good teaching as well as good research?
+ How do we ensure that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can access and successfully complete higher education?
+ How do we remove burdensome recognition procedures to ensure that students and graduates can be mobile?
+ And how do we increase the relevance of higher education programmes for a labour market that was in a state of permanent transformation?

The Bologna Process provided a space for countries to discuss these challenges, and this dialogue remained critical.

Table of contents:
Chapter 1: The European Higher Education landscape
Chapter 2: Learning and teaching
Chapter 3: Degrees and qualifications
Chapter 4: Quality assurance and recognition
Chapter 5: Opening higher education to a diverse student population
Chapter 6: Relevance of the Outcomes and Employability
Chapter 7: Internationalisation and Mobility

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