Convention on the Bologna Process – Budapest 2010

budapest_5EURASHE organised a Convention on the Bologna Process (BP) titled ‘What has been the impact of the Bologna Process on professional higher education and its institutions?‘ in Budapest (Hungary) on 10 March 2010. It is organised by EURASHE, Budapest Business School (BBS) and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA). Underneath are further information on:

(Photograph: CC by-nc-nd by Emil Stefanov)

Following is the programme of the event:

Day 1 – Wednesday 10 March 2010

09.30 – Opening by Éva Sándor-Kriszt, Rector of BBS and Lars Lynge Nielsen, President of EURASHE

Welcome by Hungarian Minister of Higher Education

Address by the President of Hungarian Rectors Conference

Plenary presentations and discussions on the state of the art of the Bologna reform process

Keynote speeches from

Andrejs Rauhvargers (BFUG): stocktaking of the Bologna Process 1999-2010

Ulrich Teichler, the social dimension of the Bologna process, employability of graduates and other outcomes based on ACA research on mobility in the lifelong learning programme/Bologna Process

Sophia Eriksson, European Commission, DG EAC, Head of Sector of Higher Education Policy, Perspectives on Bologna 2010-2020 from the European Commission

11.00 – Coffee/tea break

 11.30 – Feedback from the stakeholders in ‘Bologna’

The HE Institutions: What Bologna really meant to us: impact on the institutional level, Tatjana Volkova, Rector of BA School of Business and Finance, President, Latvian Rector’s Council

Response from the Student Union (ESU): Alma Joensen, ESU member of Executive Committee, and Norbert Miskolczi, President, National Union of Students in Hungary

12.30 – lunch – Budapest Business School restaurant Alma Mater

14.00 – Interactive sessions with Convention delegates

First theme/group: “Bologna and the labour market” with contributions from: David Crosier  (EURYDICE), Bologna Process 2010: interpretation of data and statistics, with an emphasis on graduates from professional HE; Henning Dettleff,  Business Europe, Expectations from the labour market

Second theme/group: “Professional HE in the Bologna reform process: challenges and opportunities” With contributions from: Bjorn Stensaker  (NIFU STEP, NO) Classification in Higher Education; UASnet partners: Marc Vandewalle (VLHORA, Belgium-Flanders), HBOraad (Netherlands), Austrian FHR: actors in the ‘knowledge triangle’

16.15 – Coffee/tea break

16.45 – Plenary summing up of the thematic sessions & closing of the Convention by Bernd Wächter, Director of ACA

19.00 – Convention gala dinner

What has been the impact of the Bologna Process on professional higher education and its institutions?

budapest_5On 10 March 2010 EURASHE held its (first ever) Convention prior to a Ministerial Conference of the Bologna countries. The ‘Bologna’ Ministers were meeting in Budapest and Vienna to ‘celebrate the tenth anniversary of the start of the Bologna reform process, and also to launch the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which will take another ten year to fully implement the reform in the growing number of countries, and especially in the higher education institutions. The Convention of EURASHE, organised in cooperation with ACA (European Cooperation Association), had the theme of ‘Implementation of the Bologna Process in Professional Higher Education’, and the event was hosted by Budapest Business School, the largest University College of Hungary. An enriching and educational discourse took place throughout the day, with 10 keynote speakers coming to present from diverse european organisations in the morning, and thematic and effective discussion sessions were held in the afternoon.  The results of the Convention proceedings provided an input for EURASHE’s contributions to the Ministerial conference in Budapest and Vienna the days that followed, where EURASHE also presented its Bologna 2010 Publication.

Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Norbert Miskolczi - Norbert Miskolczi was President of the National Union of Students in Hungary, HÖOK.
  • Bernd Wächter - Bernd Wächter is ACA’s Director, a position he has held since 1998. Bernd is responsible for the overall management of the Brussels-based Secretariat and is a frequently consulted expert and speaker on... Read more
  • Marek Frankowicz - Specialist in Theoretical Chemistry and expert on Higher Education reforms. Coordinator for Quality and Internationalization at State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow and Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in... Read more
  • Ulrich Teichler - Prof. Dr. Ulrich Teichler is Director of the Research Institute in Kassel, Germany.
  • Bjørn Stensaker - Dr. Bjørn Stensaker is a professor of Higher Education at the University of Oslo, where he coordinates the work related to academic staff development. The research interests of Dr. Stensaker... Read more
  • Sophia Eriksson - Sophia Eriksson was Head of Sector of Higher Education Policy at the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.
  • Andrejs Rauhvargers - Andrejs Rauhvargers was born in Riga, Latvia and has a Ph.D. from the University of Latvia. He is Secretary General of the Latvian Rectors’ Council and senior advisor of the... Read more
  • Tatjana Volkova - Dr. Tatjana Volkova is a Professor and former Rector of BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia), Member of Board of Association of Professors of Latvia, Member of Board of... Read more
  • Eva Sándor-Kriszt - Dr Eva Sandor-Kriszt is the Co-President of Hungarian Rectors’ Conference and she is the Rector of the Budapest Business School (BBS) in Hungary.
  • David Crosier - David joined Eurydice, the European Union’s education information network, in September 2008. He is responsible for the network’s activities on higher education. Eurydice is responsible for providing information on education... Read more
  • Alma Joensen - Alma Joensen was member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union (ESU).
  • Lars Lynge Nielsen - Born 1948, Copenhagen, Denmark. Holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen. Lars Lynge Nielsen joined EURASHE in 1998. Previously he held a number of senior positions in... Read more
  • Henning Dettleff - Henning Dettleff (born 1978) studied Business Administration and Dutch Philology in Oldenburg (Germany), Groningen (Netherlands) and Växjö (Sweden). He graduated in Business Administration both from the University of Oldenburg and... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:


  • Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) - The Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) is a dynamic think tank in the area of international cooperation in higher education. Its goal is to promote innovation and internationalisation of European higher... Read more
  • Budapest Business School – University of Applied Sciences (BBS) - Budapesti Gazdasági Egyetem (BGE) Budapest Business School (BBS), is the largest university of applied sciences in Hungary. BBS offers enduring experiences in the heart of Europe – Hungary: knowledge, friendship,... Read more
  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more
  • Following are the photographs of the event:

    EURASHE Convention on Bologna Process