Beyond the Bologna Process: Creating and connecting national, regional and global higher education areas

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Higher education and research have long been among the main drivers of cross-national openness and inter-cultural dialogue. One of the very recognisable modern trends is the growing imperative of higher education institutions worldwide to internationalize – to integrate an international/intercultural dimension into teaching, research and community service – in order to enhance the relevance of their contribution to societies and their academic excellence, while also increasing their competitiveness.
In this context, the creation of higher education areas linked to geographical proximity, and – at least to some extent – cultural heritage and shared history is a natural development. But in order to achieve the desired freedom of knowledge and allow higher education to fulfil its multi-faceted mission, these higher education areas need to be connected and to cooperate with each other.
With this in mind, the Third Bologna Policy Forum proposes to focus its high level debates on four broad issues:
 Global student mobility: incentives and barriers, balances and imbalances
 Global and regional approaches to quality assurance
 Public responsibility for and of higher education
 The contribution of higher education reforms to enhancing graduate employability
Because cross-border educational activities bring into play many actors and policy areas in a country, an effective policy strategy regarding internationalisation of higher education must take into account this diversity and ensure co-ordination, or compatibility, between several policy agendas such as: quality assurance, qualifications frameworks and recognition policy; public policy for the development of education systems and institutional autonomy, understandings of quality development and assurance informed by an understanding of the multiple purposes of education, development assistance in education and policies for economic development; other domestic educational policies; cultural policy; migration and visa policy; trade policy; economic policy etc.
This paper aims to briefly introduce the four board issues mentioned above and to ask targeted questions that could start a rich and valuable dialogue between the participants of the Bologna Policy Forum. The results of this inter-governmental dialogue will be documented by the Third Bologna Policy Forum Statement and followed-up in the years to come in a joint fashion by all invited participants.
CategoriesModernising PHE within diversified HE » Mission of PHE, Research Developement and Innovation, Representation