Bologna Policy Forum
First Bologna Policy Forum, Louvain-la-Neuve
The First Bologna Policy Forum took place in Louvain-la-Neuve the 29th April 2009.
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.
Policy forum background paper - International Association of Universities
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:
- AUCC Statement Canadian Universities and the Bologna Process June 2008
- AUCC Background Document The Bologna Process: Implications for Canadian Universities April 2008
New Zealand and the Bologna Process - May 2008
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 Lika, 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