The ‘traditional’ university model has been transformed globally, fueled by disruptive technologies, new learning platforms, increasing fiscal austerity, and the rise of knowledge economies. The Bologna Process, a European initiative intended to streamline higher education standards and qualifications, offers modernized, innovative pathways to learning including shortened degree timetables and a three-cycle system. Now comprised of 48 participating countries, the initiative has had a significant impact across global higher education. This volume examines the issues central to the Process as told from the viewpoints and experiences of stakeholders who have been involved with it at various stages of progression.
This volume explores the significant successes and challenges the Bologna Process has faced over the last decade, where it is now, and where it is headed. It presents data on countries and individuals involved with the Process as well as students’ growing connections and concerns about Bologna reforms. It also looks ahead to the Europe 2020 goals and what these may represent to differential policy actors, not only for the group of original signatories, but for those countries newer to the Process.
Table of Contents
1. The Global Canvas for The Bologna Process 2. The Bologna Process as a New Paradigm for Reform 3. The Social Dimension: ‘Education for All’ as a Bologna Challenge 4. Mobility as a Pillar of the Bologna Process 5. Bologna and a ’Europe of Knowledge:’ Pathways to Building a European Dimension of Education 6. The Bologna Process and the Promotion of an Innovation Culture 7. The Bologna Process and the "Process" of Reform and Revolution 8. Vectors and Vision for the Future
Joseph M. Piro is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Long Island University-Post, USA.