EURASHE president Stéphane Lauwick and Sercetary General Michal Karpíšek attended on 24-25 May the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) meeting in Gozo (Malta), hosted under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and co-chaired by Malta and Norway.
The BFUG is the executive structure supporting the Bologna Process in-between the Ministerial Conferences, in order to ensure the implementation of the steps upon which the Ministers have decided and preparing the upcoming EHEA Ministerial Conferences and Policy Forum. The next conference will take place in Paris (France) on 23 – 25 May 2018.
As the Ministerial Conference of Paris is approaching, the BFUG discussions focus more on the preparation of the conference and on proposed decisions to be discussed and adopted by the Ministers of the European Higher Education Area. One of the key issues discussed at the meeting concerned the suitable and effective ways to address the lagging implementation of the key Bologna commitments by some countries and supporting them in further progress.
The BFUG meeting participants discussed the fundamental values of the EHEA and how those are or can be protected. Moreover, there was a thematic discussion on Innovative Learning Methods in Higher Education.
More information about the meeting and the working documents can be found on the EHEA website here.
On 25 May, Michal Karpíšek also represented EURASHE at the General Assembly of the European Quality Assurance Register for higher education (EQAR), which took place as a satellite event of the BFUG meeting. EQAR members unanimously elected Karl Dittrich as EQAR President with a mandate from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. During the meeting several EQAR bodies renewed some of their members and Greece became a new member. More info about EQAR GA here.