Mobility 2007-2009

Mobility

Mobility of staff, students and graduates is one of the core elements of the Bologna Process, creating opportunities for personal growth, developing international cooperation between individuals and institutions, enhancing the quality of higher education and research, and giving substance to the European dimension.

Ministers responsible for Higher Education in the countries participating in the Bologna Process,
London Communiqué, May 2007

Mobility is at the core of the Bologna Process

Facilitating mobility is one of the main goals to be achieved with the creation of a European Higher Education Area, as Ministers have confirmed once again at their meeting in London in May 2007 (see London Communiqué). Ministers acknowledged that a lot of obstacles still existed and reaffirmed their willingness to work for decisive progress in overcoming them.  

Many challenges remain, especially with regard to the following issues:

  • visas, residence and work permits;
  • recognition of qualifications;
  • financial incentives (including portable student loans and grants);
  • pension arrangements;
  • joint programmes and flexible curricula.

Initiatives

Initiatives to promote mobility

European Parliament report on Bologna process and student mobility

Doris Pack (Member of European Parliament) presented a report on the Bologna Process and student mobility to the Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, including a motion for a European Parliament Resolution. Read the full report

Bologna Activites

Actions carried out in the Bologna work programme 2007-2009

EI and ESU organised the mobility campaign “Let’s Go” in order to stimulate mobility among students and staff by providing information on its benefits.

Moreover, a series of Bologna seminars were held to promote work in the area of mobility.

The Network of Experts in Student Support in Europe (NESSIE) was endorsed to exchange information and to encourage countries to make student support accessible and portable.

Network of Experts in Student Support in Europe (NESSIE)

The BFUG set up a Coordination Group on mobility. The report of this Coordination Group called for a multilevel strategy to make substantial progress - formulated in terms of concrete quantitative targets - in increasing mobility in the next decade.

Bologna Coordination Group on Mobility

Bologna Coordination Group on Mobility Report 2009

Past activities