Magazine article European Social Policy

Bologna Process : Commission Proposes 20% Student Mobility Target by 2020

Magazine article European Social Policy

Bologna Process : Commission Proposes 20% Student Mobility Target by 2020

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While the European Commission considers the nine-year-old Bologna process a "success story," the European Student's Union (ESU) sees a "failure of European governments and higher education institutions to translate commitments into tangible action on the most critical action lines of the Bologna process". On 28 and 29 April, ministers from 46 European countries responsible for higher education will meet in Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve, university towns not far from Brussels, in order to "take stock of the Bologna process, set a new agenda and agree priorities for the European higher education area for the next decade up to 2020".

According to the ESU, "while progress has been made on implementing structural' reforms, such as the three-cycle system (bachelor, master, doctor), content reforms, such as those relating to mobility, the social dimension and student participation have been largely neglected". Jan Figel, the commissioner for education, said, on 22 April, that the latest Bologna Stocktaking Report, which will be handed over to the ministers on 28 and 29 April, reflects an uneven progress in the EU education area: "But it is important to note that the speed of reform of the education system is a national responsibility and debate".

MODERNISING NATIONAL POLICIES

The Commission says that the focus should now be on modernising national policies and on achieving concrete implementation of the reforms of Europe's higher education institutions by those countries that have not done this yet. …

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