The Bologna Process is a voluntary process that started in1989 in Paris and has grown since then beyond the borders of the EU. It brings together over 40 full members: the countries that signed the signed Lisbon Recognition Convention & the European Commission and 8 consultative members: EUA, ESU, ENQA, EURASHE, the Council of Europe, E.I (trade unions), BusinessEurope(employers), and the UNESCO.
The agenda of the Bologna process was first established in 1999 in Bologna then updated in Prague in 2001 and in Berlin 2003. The EU had a huge influence on that agenda, but the process is also open to the world in its Bologna Policy Forum.
In 2009, the European higher education area (EHEA) was established, consolidating the achievements of the previous decade: the cooperation between stakeholders became permanent, the mobility is encouraged, the three cycle system and NQF were put into place.
For the next decade, the focus is put on social dimension, lifelong learning, employability, student central learning, founding, multilingualism/milticulturality in the EHEA and mobility.
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