The Bologna Process is an intergovernmental higher education reform process that includes 49 European countries and a number of European organisations, including EUA. Its main purpose is to enhance the quality and recognition of European higher education systems and to improve the conditions for exchange and collaboration within Europe, as well as internationally.
Launched in 1998-1999, the Bologna Process established goals for reform in the participating countries, such as the three-cycle degree structure (bachelor, master’s, doctorate), and adopted shared instruments, such as the European Credits Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).
When the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was announced in 2010, all participating parties agreed to continue the Bologna Process, as many of the established goals were not fully implemented in all countries. Over the years, the Bologna Process has grown into a Europe-wide policy platform for coordinated higher education reform. It addresses new topics, such as fundamental values and learning and teaching; as well as its longstanding commitments, which require continued attention.
The top benefits for Knowledge University to implement Bologna Process and ECTS for students include:
The student can study a Bachelor in an EU-country and a Master in another EU-country, as if he studied both in the same country.
The student finds work in any EU country you want, as he studies .
Will be easily recognized.
If taking a joint-degree, studying a semester abroad, or an Erasmus study experience, it will be easy for the student's home university to keep track of the study hours, with the help of ‘credit transfers’.
Simplified academic paperwork.
Easier to estimate the complexity of a study class, seminar, internship, thesis, etc., based on the number of credits it offers upon completion.
Less differentiation between local and international students in universities.
Even if the student drop out of a program, ECTS credits help him prove his academic achievements, so he doesn't have to take the same courses all over again.
The student's degree will have the same number of credits, no matter what academic discipline he pursues.