Networks and Networking in European Higher Education

Hannover, 1-2 September 2003


The conference targeted political decision-makers, academics and practitioners of internationalisation and features high-level speakers, from the European Commission, national government and European higher education associations and networks.  It was intended to assess past achievements of networks and multilateral “networked” cooperation in Europe, and, more important, to establish an agenda of future needs in the framework of the Bologna Process. Its results were brought to the attention of the Berlin ministerial meeting of autumn 2003, and thus fed directly into the next stages of the Bologna Process.

In thematic terms, the conference focused on mobility, joint curriculum development (joint Masters and Ph.D. programmes), quality assurance, and credit systems, amongst others. With a view to these activities, it explored the achievements and future opportunities of institution-wide, discipline-base and regional cross-border networks, and it took a look at recently created consortia and initiatives.