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The EHEA Rome 2020 Ministerial Conference took place in virtual format on 19 November. The Conference proceedings were opened by the Minister for Universities and Research, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi, and by the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, followed by the participation of all EHEA Ministers and Consultative Members of the process.
The Conference provided an opportunity to foster a debate on the common objectives for the next decade of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and further strengthen cooperation among 48 member countries. During the Conference, EHEA Ministers took note of the progress results outlined in the Bologna Process Implementation Report. The report includes a chapter on internationalisation co-authored by ACA’s former and current Directors Bernd Waechter and Irina Ferencz.
The Ministers also adopted the Rome Ministerial Communiqué, which set the course of work for the next decade. The Ministered committed to building an inclusive, innovative and interconnected EHEA by 2030, supported by greater investment in education required to enable solutions for the current crisis, post crisis recovery, and the transition into green, sustainable and resilient economies and societies, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Ministers’ commitment to improve the implementation of fundamental values of education and democracy, reconfirmed with the adoption of the Statement on Academic Freedom, comes in at a crucial point in time, as risks to infringement of academic freedom and institutional autonomy emerge in various parts of the world.
ACA will continue to support the implementation of the EHEA goals and targets in the field of internationalisation and beyond, offering data and expert advice on the key issues of academic mobility in the renewed context of inclusion, sustainability and innovation.