Bologna Policy Forum

First Bologna Policy Forum, Louvain-la-Neuve

Bologna Policy Forum Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 29/04/2009
Bologna Policy Forum 2009 - Family Photograph by Serge Haulotte© Photo by Serge Haulotte

The First Bologna Policy Forum took place in Louvain-la-Neuve the 29th April 2009.

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An increasing number of countries around the world have shown their interest to be involved in a dialogue with the countries participating in the Bologna Process on how worldwide cooperation in higher education can be enhanced. At the same time there is growing interest among European countries to develop closer links with higher education systems around the world. Therefore, for the first time, a Bologna Policy Forum was organised between Ministers of the 46 Bologna countries and colleagues from different parts of the world to facilitate global dialogue.

This Bologna Policy Forum took place on 29 April 2009 at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) in the framework of the 2009 Bologna Ministerial Conference. Next to the countries and organisations participating in the Bologna Process were represented: Australia, Brazil, Canada, P.R. China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Tunisia, and the U.S., as well as the International Association of Universities.
Issues addressed included, among others, recognition of qualifications; exchange of teachers, researchers, and students; as well as quality assurance.

The next Bologna Policy Forum will take place in Vienna on 12 March 2010.

Background material

Policy forum background paper - International Association of Universities

EHEA in a global context 2009

Views from around the World

The growing interest in the Bologna Process also beyond Europe is reflected in a growing number of reports and initiatives, some of which are listed here.

Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific region

Brisbane Communiqué initiative of the broader Asia-Pacific region


Report prepared by the Quality Assurance Subcommittee of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada:

New Zealand

New Zealand and the Bologna Process - May 2008

United States

Learning Accountability from Bologna: A Higher Education Policy Primer - Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington

NAFSA - Association of International Educators NAFSA International Educator supplement on the Bologna Process

Speeches and interventions

Policy Forum - Opening address by Minister Ondřej Liška, Czech Republic

Policy Forum - Opening address by European Commission

Policy Forum - Australian Statement - 2009

Policy Forum - Moroccan intervention (in French) - 2009

Policy Forum - New Zealand contribution - 2009

Policy Forum - Remarks by the International Association of Universities - 2009

Policy Forum - Summary of the contribution to the discussion by the Council of Europe - 2009

Published: 29/04/2009 - Last modified: 20/10/2016
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