Work programme 2009-2012

Working group on Mobility 2009-2012 - meeting 5

Working Group meeting Berlin, Germany 24/08/2011

Fifth meeting of the Bologna Working Group on Mobility 2009-2012.

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During its fifth meeting held on August 24, 2011, the WG agreed that:

  • the long version of the Mobility strategy (the Working paper on the Mobility strategy 2020 for the EHEA) will remain just a historical paper hosted on the EHEA website that will cease to be developed and will not be considered for a decision in the BFUG;
  • the short version of the Mobility strategy (draft Mobility strategy 2020 for the EHEA) will be put forward at the next BFUG meeting.

Over 200 written amendments to the long and short version, as well as an important number of other amendments advanced on-the-spot have been considered during the Berlin meeting.

In between the debates on the draft Working paper and the short version, the group had a debate on the input document “Overview of current discussions on key mobility benchmark aspects, situation: 28 July 2010”, in the context of the recent meeting held on August 23, 2011, with the European Commission representatives and of the two parallel ongoing discussions on the issue of mobility: one having in mind the next Ministerial Conference in Bucharest and the targets set in the Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve Communiqué and another on accommodating the issue of the mobility benchmark with the European Commission.

The most controversial point was related to the minimum duration of mobility as most participants were interested to capture data for less than three months and even one credit point, while the limited measurement possibilities could not support this approach. One main idea resulted from the intense debates: the benchmark will only include mobility periods over three months or 15 credit points in the draft Mobility strategy 2020 for the EHEA, while mentioning the need for further development of data collection that will go beyond the European Commission thresholds and make possible information about mobility periods of less than 15 credit points or three months (going down even to one credit point), as in the point II.2.3 b of the draft Mobility strategy.

The group debates led to a fourth and final version of the Working paper.

Concerning the draft Mobility strategy 2020 for the EHEA, the Mobility WG agreed the following:

  • to finalize this document during the Berlin meeting;
  • clarification for the few open issues (see brackets in the draft strategy) will be delivered in time for the preparation of the Ministerial Conference;
  • to ask the BFUG Chairs to introduce the so agreed version as a distinct point within the draft agenda of the next BFUG meeting in Cracow (October 13-14, 2011);
  • to accompany its presentation during the Cracow BFUG meeting by a EUROSTAT intervention able to clearly explain the difficulties faced by the data collectors;
  • As far as necessary, the WG will be involved by online communication or an extra meeting if the BFUG operates changes to this document. If not, there will be no other Mobility WG meeting until the next Ministerial Conference in Bucharest;
  • following the discussion within the BFUG meeting in Cracow, the group drafting the Communiqué may use the Mobility strategy document to make some recommendations for the Ministers or even to include a general ministerial endorsement for the Strategy in the 2012 Bucharest Ministerial Communiqué.

The debates on the draft Mobility strategy 2020 for the EHEA led to a draft version.

WG Mobility Berlin August 2011 - Draft minutes

WG Mobility Berlin August 2011 - Draft agenda

WG Mobility Berlin March 2011 - Draft minutes

European Commission staff working paper on the development of benchmarks on education and training for employability and on learning mobility

WG Mobility - Work plan 2010-2012 version 24.08.2011

Published: 24/08/2011 - Last modified: 07/07/2016
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