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Brussels, 15 June 2007

The Bologna Process in the final lap: Outcomes of the London Ministerial Meetings


Tracking what had been a widely anticipated event for the European Higher Education Area, ACA tackled the Bologna Process London Ministerial outcomes in its third annual ‘European Policy Seminar’. As the final and most definitive political gathering to date, the London Ministerial meetings elaborated and focussed the Bologna Agenda for its remaining years and completion in 2010. The agenda of ACA’s follow-up seminar was rich and topical, and participants had an opportunity to hear the opinions of key players on both the political and practical sides of Bologna’s progression, all of whom had attended the Ministerial meeting first hand. In addition to addressing the Trends Report and stocking taking exercises that have synthesized reforms thus far, we have also select a series of thematic reports. Participants tackled these topics in parallel sessions, face to face with the experts themselves. Such topics included: the European Qualifications Framework, the quality assurance register, and recognition. ACA also drew upon more contentious areas of Bologna such as social dimensions and access, as well as the elusive ‘external dimension’.


Thursday 14 June 2007

19:30   Seminar dinner @ Restaurant JB

Friday 15 June 2007 





Welcome and introduction
Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA & Elizabeth Colucci, Senior Officer, ACA


Outcomes of the London Ministerial Meeting
Peter Van der Hijden, Director General Higher Education, European Commission


The Trends Report and the Stocktaking Exercise
David Crosier, European University Association


Coffee break


Thematic Report 1: European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
Jens Bjornavold, CEDEFOP/Brussels


Thematic Report 2: Quality Assurance Register
Andrée Sursock, European University Association


Thematic Report 3: Recognition
John Reilly, former UK Erasmus National Agency


Parallel workshops on EQF, Quality Register and Recognition
Morning presenters




The social dimension and access: Where next?
Martin UngerInstitute of Advanced Studies, BFUG working group


Work Integrated Learning: An approach for enhancing employability
Olof Blomqvist, WACE (World Association for Work Integrated Learning)/ University West Sweden 




Bologna in a Global Context: expectations and impact
Frances Kelly, New Zealand Mission to the EU


Wrap up and good-bye
Bernd Wächter & Elizabeth Colucci


Peter van der Hijden

Peter van der Hijden is Deputy Head of the School Education and Higher Education Unit of DG Education and Culture of the European Commission. Mr. van der Hijden coordinates the EU contribution to the Bologna process, in particular as regards quality assurance, credit transfer (ECTS) and joint degrees.Peter van der Hijden was born in Sittard in the Netherlands. He studied Law at the Universities of Nijmegen, Leiden and Maastricht before becoming a university administrator at the University of Maastricht, where he worked for ten years. He joined the European Commission in 1991 and, apart from a short period in the Directorate General responsible for Transport, worked mostly in the field of higher education. The development of Erasmus in general, and of Quality Assurance, joint degrees and ECTS in particular, has been focal point of his career.

Andrée Sursock

Andrée Sursock is Deputy Secretary General of the European University Association, where she is responsible the institutional development area. These include the Institutional Evaluation Programme, activities to promote internal quality processes in universities, management and leadership seminars and a new project on creativity in higher education. She has participated in over 70 evaluations across Europe, prepares the quality policy positions of the EUA and is involved in the QA policy discussions at the European level.Previous to this post, she was Director of Development at the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (Open University, UK) and taught at a variety of US institutions, including the University of California (Berkeley) and Stanford University. She holds a first degree in philosophy from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne and a PhD in social/cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

John E. Reilly

John was the Director of the UK Socrates-Erasmus Council, and responsible for the UK Tempus Information Office and the UK Erasmus Mundus National structure. He was Director of Academic Administration at the University of Kent and has considerable experience of U K Higher Education. John has long experience of European co-operation.  He was involved in the ECTS pilot project and has been active in promoting ECTS, the Diploma Supplement and above all student mobility. He is a member of the Management Committee for the Tuning Educational structures in Europe project and was a member of the stakeholder group preparing the Erasmus action for the new Lifelong Learning Programme.John is also an enthusiastic and active member of the UK Team of Bologna Promoters.

Olof Blomqvist

Olof Blomqvist is the founding Preseident of University West in Sweden. His university introduced Cooperative Education in Sweden and is now one of the leading Work-Integrated Learning institutions in the country. Olof has his background in Social and Economic Geography. He has served 12 years as President. Before that he was responsible for the preparation of the new university. Since 2002 he has served his institution as Senior Advisor and deals mainly with industry and community interaction, international affairs and work-integrated learning.Olof has been committed to the governance of the World Association for Co-operative Education (WACE) for many years. From 2002-2004 he served as WACE President and is now on the WACE Board of Governors. Olof also initiated the Swedish Association for Co-operative Education (SACE) and has been the Chair of this network since 1986. Olof has given many presentations, workshops etc on Work-Integrated Learning and has also done consultancy work related to this topic.

Martin Unger

Martin Unger studied Sociology at the University of Vienna and completed a subsequent postgraduate Programme in Sociology at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) also in Vienna. He has been a researcher at the HIS since 1998.His areas of research include: Equity in education, social situation of students, funding of universities, and the value added of HEI. Martin is currently highly involved in the access question, surveying students about their social situations and serving as a member of the steering board for “Eurostudent”. Martin is also the Austrian delegate to the working group on social dimensions and mobility within the Bologna Process.

Frances Kelly

The aim of Frances’ counsellor position in Brussels is to strengthen New Zealand’s education system and intellectual wealth through mutual understanding of policy relationship building with individuals, organisations and institutions. A particular focus to Frances’ role is analysing and monitoring the Bologna process in Europe and its implications for New Zealand. European countries, in particular the UK, France and Germany where New Zealand has bilateral relationships, are primarily where Frances is concentrating her attention.Prior to taking up this position, Frances was Senior Policy Manager with the Ministry of Education, where she provided strategic policy advice to government on the overall direction and investment priorities for the education system. Her responsibilities also included the opportunity to represent New Zealand on two OECD committees: the Education Committee and the Board of the Centre for Research and Innovation. Frances has also served as Academic Services Manager at Auckland College of Education from 1992 – 1999, taught secondary classes primarily in Music and English at a variety of schools in New Zealand and England and was Assistant Principal at Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton, New Zealand from 1990 – 1992. 

Bernd Wächter

Bernd Wächter is the Director of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), a consortium of European and global agencies which support international cooperation in higher education. ACA is a think-tank which promotes innovation and internationalisation in higher education. Bernd was born in Giessen (Germany) and studied at the universities of Hull (UK), Giessen and Marburg (Germany).  He lives in Brussels (Belgium) and is married to Thora Magnusdottir, a delightful lady from Iceland.Bernd’s career has been focused on international higher education. In his first post, at the University of Kassel (Germany), he devised international degree programmes in cooperation with universities abroad. He later joined the British Council, before becoming the Director of the international office of the Fachhochschule Darmstadt. Moving on to Germany’s internationalisation agency DAAD, he became the head of this organisation’s European section. He subsequently became Director of Higher Education in the Brussels Socrates Office, with overall responsibility for the Erasmus Programme in Europe. In 1998, he took up his present post as the director of ACA. Bernd has published widely on international matters in higher education, and he is a frequent speaker at European and international education conferences. He is the editor of the ACA Papers on International Cooperation in Higher Education and.  He also works, as an expert advisor, for many international organisations. 


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