EHEA and the Bologna Process

In 1999, the ministers of education of 29 countries met to discuss the future development of higher education in Europe. The post-summit declaration - the Bologna Declaration - expressed the goal of developing a European Higher Education Area by 2010. This development is known as the Bologna Process. The three Bologna priorities are:

  • Quality Assurance
  • The Three Cycle System
  • Recognition – ECTS/ Diploma Supplement, Europass, Lisbon Recognition Convention

In Bucharest in April 2012, the education ministers identified three key priorities for the future: mobility, employability, and quality.

Supporting the implementation of European Higher Education Area reforms

The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was launched in 2010 as an integral part of the Bologna Process to ensure greater comparability and coherence between Europe’s higher education systems and as a means of promoting mutual recognition of qualifications, demonstrating transparency of systems and supporting the mobility of staff and students across higher education in Europe.

The British Council, working with the UK Higher Education International Unit, as part of a European Commission initiative and with support from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, has developed a project with a team of UK EHEA experts to support the implementation of EHEA reforms. The project includes a series of workshops on priority areas for the UK as reflected in the Bologna Process Implementation Report and in the Bucharest Communiqué.

The workshops were held across the UK from October 2015 until February 2016 on the following themes:

  • Joint Degrees and Bologna tools; 
  • Student Mobility and employability; and
  • Strategic partnerships, capacity building and student-centred learning.

EHEA Expert, John Reilly, has published a report (1.3MB) on the three sets of EHEA workshops. The report, useful to universities and colleges, links UK policy initiatives to the EHEA and Bologna Process and extracts the themes of resources, risk, employability, benefits and competences across the workshops.

To review all the workshop presentations and resources please visit the British Council's higher education website.