In the London Communiqué Ministers asked BFUG to consider how the EHEA could further develop after 2010 and to report back to them in 2009. Such a task required input from different sources, including surveys, publications and seminars. More...
On the basis of consultation of experts and stakeholders and the organisation of a specific seminar and an extraordinary BFUG meeting, the BFUG prepared in 2009 a basis for further political orientations. The result of this brainstorming can be found in the “Bologna Beyond 2010” working document, as submitted to the Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve Ministerial conference. More...
- 2009 Louvain-la-Neuve Bologna Policy Forum Statement
- 2010 Vienna Bologna Policy Forum Statement
- 2012 Bucharest Bologna Policy Forum Statement
- 2015 Yerevan Bologna Policy Forum Statement
The Bologna Working Group on European Higher Education in a Global Setting recommanded in 2009 a several actions including the organisation of Bologna policy fora.
The Bologna policy forum was intended
- with participants at ministerial, with stakeholder or civil servant, from EHEA countries and countries that are not party to the European Cultural Convention;
- involving policy dialogue on specific topics (such as mobility, quality assurance, recognition, student involvement, governance etc.) or on higher education reforms in general; and
- making full use of existing EU and UNESCO initiatives. More...
Ministers decide at Ministerial Conferences about the central aspects of the EHEA, including its further developments and commitments by its member countries. The Ministerial Conference also decides on new applications for membership to the EHEA as well as any other main changes to the process.
A communiqué is adopted at each Ministerial Conference that outlines decisions taken by the Ministers.
- 1999 Bologna Declaration - English
- 2001 Prague Communiqué - English
- 2003 Berlin Communique - English
- 2005 Bergen Communique - English
- 2007 London Communiqué - English
- 2009 Leuven Louvain-la-Neuve Communiqué - English
- 2010 Budapest-Vienna Declaration
- 2012 Bucharest Communiqué
- 2015 Yerevan Communiqué
The Yerevan Ministerial Conference took place on 14-15 May 2015.
The Ministers welcome Belarus as the 48th member of the EHEA and look forward to working with the national authorities and stakeholders to implement the reforms identified by the BFUG and included in the agreed road map attached to Belarusian accession. Ministers ask the BFUG to report on the implementation of the roadmap in time for the 2018 ministerial conference.
Several policy measures were adopted during the Conference:
- the revised Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG);
- the European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes;
- the revised ECTS Users’ Guide, as an official EHEA document.
The Yerevan Communiqué recognize that the vision of Bologna inspired successfully the European Higher Education Area. Nonetheless, continuing improvement of the higher education systems and greater involvement of academic communities are necessary to achieve the full potential of the EHEA.
We must renew our original vision and consolidate the EHEA structure.
The governance and working methods of the EHEA must develop to meet [new] challenges.
By 2020 the members are determined to achieve an EHEA where the common goals are implemented in all member countries:
- Enhancing the quality and relevance of learning and teaching;
- Fostering the employability of graduates throughout their working lives;
- Making the systems more inclusive;
- Implementing agreed structural reforms. More...
The main message of the Bucharest Ministerial Conference, which took place on 26 - 27 April 2012 and was attended by 47 European ministers responsible for higher education, states that Higher education reform can help to get Europe back on track and generate sustainable growth and jobs.
The Ministers agreed to focus on three main goals in the face of the economic crisis: to provide quality higher education to more students, to better equip students with employable skills, and to increase student mobility. More...
In March 2010, with the Budapest-Vienna Ministerial Conference, the EHEA has been expanded to 47 countries, the most recently admitted being Kazakhstan.
The Budapest/Vienna Conference was the Anniversary Conference, celebrating a decade of the Bologna Process. With this occasion, there took place the official launching of the European Higher Education Area, which meant that, in terms of a common European framework for HE, the objective set in the Bologna Declaration was accomplished. More...
In the Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve Communiqué, of 2009, the main working areas for the next decade were set, with emphasis on: social dimension, lifelong learning, employability, student centred learning and the teaching mission of education, international openness, mobility, education, research & innovation, as well as data collection, funding of the HE and multidimensional transparency tools. These main working areas show a new orientation of the Bologna Process, towards a more in-depth approach of the reforms, thus ensuring the completion of the Bologna Process implementation. Another change, in terms of internal arrangements, referred to the Bologna Process Chairing procedure: from a previous situation where the Bologna Process had been chaired by the country holding the EU Presidency, to a situation according to which the Process is being chaired by two countries: both the country holding the EU Presidency and a non-EU country, named in alphabetical order, starting from July 1st, 2010. More...
With the London Communiqué, of 2007, the number of participating countries was enlarged to 46. This Communiqué focused on evaluating the progress achieved by that time, concerning mobility, degree structure, recognition, qualifications frameworks (both overarching and national), lifelong learning, quality assurance, social dimension, and also set the priorities for 2009, these being, mainly, mobility, social dimension, which was defined here for the first time, data collection, employability, EHEA in a global context and stock taking. For 2010 and beyond, it was stressed that there is the need for further collaboration, seeing it as an opportunity to reformulate the visions and values. More...
The Bergen Communiqué, of 2005, underlined the importance of partnerships, including stakeholders – students, HEIs, academic staff and employers, together with the further enhancing of research, especially with regard to the third cycle – doctoral programmes. Also, this Communiqué stressed the ministers’ will to provide a more accessible higher education, together with an increased attractiveness of the EHEA to other parts of the world. More...