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Module 6.The Higher Education System in Europe and the Bologna Process

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This Module would be an introduction to the European higher education system as a result of the interaction of the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area. These two initiatives unite in a series of shared objectives that would be presented to the module participants, so that they could understand the basics of the new education model where institutions all over Europe are supposed to converge. Together with this introduction to the basics of the convergence process, there would be an introduction to the different education models in the countries represented in the Project (TBC). Doing so, students would be exposed to the different models in current Europe, so that they could understand the reforms to be completed in the next two years.

The objective is to make participants aware of the key divergences between traditional approaches vs. new reforms in Europe, for them to understand their role as students in European Universities and the advantages these would entail for them as students and citizens of a global World, as Bologna advocates. Stress would be made on the main key objectives of Bologna and the EHEA: the social role of universities, mobility, lifelong learning and main teaching and learning formats in the new model. Moreover, they would be introduced to some key concepts (by way of a brief glossary they would be supposed to comprehend and use during the module): competences and learning results, being fundamental.

Finally, the module would emphasize the new roles acquired by students and teachers in European universities, in order to raise awareness on the implications of following higher education in Europe.

Briefly, the structure of the module would appear as follows:

1. The Bologna Process.

    • Key dates and main decisions (brief outline of the Process).
    • Bologna Objectives.
  • Europe in 2010.
  • Summary of Bologna key objectives and future reforms in the EU education systems.
  • Introduction to the EHEA: Bologna and the EHEA: shared objectives.

2. The EHEA
2.1. What does it consist of? Main features.
2.1.1. Evolution of the Process and current situation.
2.1.2. Key objectives in the EU education model3. Key actions and initiatives:

  • Social role of European Universities: education vs. training?
  • Lifelong-learning
  • Competences and learning objectives.
  • National frameworks of qualifications.
  • Mobility:
    • Main mobility programmes and experiences.
    • Diploma Supplement, Europass and further mobility documents.
  • Cycle structures: undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes.
  • The student role in the EHEA. ECTS: the European system of credits.
  • Teaching and learning: how does it become a reality?
  • Implications of the EHEA in the European education systems.
  • An introduction to the different higher education traditions in Europe.