Ministerial Declarations and Communiqués
Ministerial Conference Bucharest 2012
The 2012 Bucharest Ministerial Conference is expected to bring together 47 European Higher Education Area ministerial delegations, the European Commission, as well as the Bologna Process consultative members and Bologna Follow-Up Group partners. The meeting will be an opportunity to take stock of progress of the Bologna Process and set out the key policy issues for the future. The EHEA ministers will jointly adopt the Bucharest Ministerial Communiqué, committing to further the Bologna goals until 2020.
EHEA Ministerial Conference Documents
The Ministerial Communiqué represents one of the main political documents of the European Higher Education Area. The Bucharest Ministerial Communiqué takes account of the achievements since the last Ministerial conference in Leuven in 2009 and sets objectives that would be operationalised in the plan of work for the upcoming sequence of the Bologna Process. It is prepared by the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG).
The Mobility Strategy 2020 for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA): Mobility for Better Learning is a political document that will also be adopted by the EHEA ministers, together with the Ministerial Communiqué. It unfolds the measures for achieving the target set in Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve that 20% of the EHEA students will be mobile in 2020. It was prepared by the Mobility Working Group and endorsed by the BFUG.
The results of the 2009-2012 Work Plan are resumed in the following reports of the Bologna Process Working Groups and Networks:
- Social Dimension Working Group Report and proposal for a pilot project to Promote Peer Learning on the Social Dimension of Higher Education in Europe
Report of the BFUG Working Group on the Social Dimension 2009-2012
Proposal for a pilot project to promote Peer Learning on the Social Dimension of Higher Education in Europe
- NESSIE - Network of Experts on Student Support in Europe Report and Addendum to the report
Report of the Network of Experts on Student Support in Europe (NESSIE) 2009-2011
Addendum to the Report of the Network of Experts on Student Support in Europe (NESSIE) 2009-2011
- Qualifications Frameworks Working Group Report
Report by the EHEA working group on Qualifications Frameworks 2009-2012
- International Openness Working Group Report
Report of the Bologna Working Group on International Openness 2009-2012
- Mobility Working Group Report
Final report by the Working Group on Mobility 2009-2012
- Recognition Working Group Report
Report by the EHEA Working Group on Recognition 2009-2012
- European Network on Recognition of Prior Learning Report
BFUG Network Recognition of Prior Learning Report and recommendations for 2012 Ministerial Conference
- Transparency Tools Working Group Report
Transparency Tools across the European Higher Education Area - report 2012
The reports listed above reflect the discussions of the Working Groups and Networks' members, according to the Terms of Reference adopted by the Bologna Follow-Up Group and the BFUG 2009-2012 Work Plan.
The Report on the Implementation of the Bologna Process provides facts and analyses on the state of the art regarding the implementation of the Bologna Process at national level at the end of 2011. It is based on questionnaires to the national authorities and on statistical evidence collected by data collectors (Eurostat, EURYDICE and Eurostudent). The report is prepared by the data collectors and the Reporting Working Group and endorsed by the BFUG. Its Executive Summary contains conclusions regarding the student experience in the EHEA.
The ‘European Higher Education at the Crossroads: Between the Bologna Process and national reforms’ publication gathers the papers presented and discussed at the “Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference”, held in Bucharest on 17-19 October 2011. The two volumes are meant to provide inspiration to policy makers, as they provide insights from the point of view of researchers on the Bologna Process.
Statements from EHEA consultative members and other organisations are meant to inform the ministers on the position of the issuer regarding topics that are addressed in the Conference:
- ENQA: Report to Ministers Responsible for Higher Education in the EHEA - ENQA Report to ministers responsible for higher education in the EHEA - Bucharest Ministerial Conference, April 2012
- Education International: Report of the Education International to the Bologna Ministerial meeting in Bucharest, April 2012 - Academic Perception of the Bologna Process - Report of the Education International to the Bologna Ministerial meeting in Bucharest, April 2012
- EUA: Universities in the EHEA - EUA Statement for the Bologna Ministerial Conference - EUA input statement to the bologna Ministerial conference, Bucharest, Romania, 26-27 april 2012
- EURASHE: Towards a Diversified, Responsive and Competitive European Higher Education
Position Paper on Research and Innovation - EURASHE and UASnet Position paper on Research and Innovation - 2012
Policy Priorities Communicated to the Ministers of EHEA - EURASHE Policy Priorities Communicated to the Ministers of EHEA - 2012
- EQAR - Message to the EHEA Ministerial Conference - EQAR Message to the Bucharest Ministerial Conference April 2012
- ESU - Statement to the Bucharest Ministerial Conference - ESU Statement to the Bucharest Ministerial Conference 2012
- Bologna With Student Eyes 2012 - Bologna With Student Eyes 2012
EHEA country national reports (2012) reflect the implementation of the Bologna Process reforms since the adoption of the Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve Communiqué from 2009.
Bologna Policy Forum
The third Bologna Policy Forum organised in conjunction with the Ministerial Conference is aimed to intensify policy dialogue and cooperation with partners across the world.