EUA, initially through its two predecessor organisations, has been closely involved in the Bologna Process since it was conceived, with the aim of ensuring the full involvement of the universities at each step in the Process.
On the occasion of the bi-annual European ministerial meetings, EUA provides the essential information and analysis of Trends in Higher Education in Europe upon which Ministers base key discussions, and presents an EUA Declaration which outlines the Higher education institutions’ main priorities and positions. The Salamanca (2001), Graz (2003), Glasgow (2005), Lisbon (2007) and Prague (2009) Declarations have each been essential elements for the realisation of the ministerial communiqués that define how Europe proceeds with the Bologna reforms.
EUA also represents Europe’s universities in the different bodies that follow-up and manage the Bologna Process. EUA has a formal role as a consultative member in the Bologna Follow-Up Group where it ensures that the concerns of Europe’s universities are understood and taken into account in the development of the Process. EUA’s President, Professor Jean-Marc Rapp, addressed Ministers on behalf of universities at the 2009 Ministerial meeting in Leuven and Louvain-La Neuve (April 28/29th 2009).
EUA believes that the full support of Europe's higher education institutions is essential to achieving the objectives of the Bologna Process. It is for this reason that EUA actively promotes activities to enable its members to address the Bologna objectives to find the best methods for their implementation.
These activities include:
- Undertaking surveys and reports on the implementation of the Bologna Process, including the Trends reports
- Developing of a project to further define Doctoral Programmes as the third cycle in the Bologna Process
- Providing an Institutional Evaluation Programme and the Quality Culture Project, both of which assist universities in developing their institutional quality assurance mechanisms
- Managing a Joint Masters Project, in which networks of universities working together at the Masters level are strengthening their structures and services by learning from each other
- Promoting a European Qualification Framework and monitoring the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and the Diploma Supplement across European higher education institutions
- Supporting the integration of universities from South East Europe and from new members into the European Higher Education Area
- Managing an Information Project on Higher Education Reform to support higher education institutions in implementing reforms through the dissemination of reference material and the training of Bologna Promoters
- Monitoring the impact of the Bologna Process on EU legislation covering the recognition of Professional Qualifications
These activities enable EUA to perform informed advocacy on behalf of their members, and encompass the main topics for EUA conferences and other events.
In addition, EUA has developed, with Raabe publishing, a Bologna Handbook: a practically-oriented and flexible tool designed to support higher education professionals in introducing and implementing all aspects of the Bologna Process. More information can be found in our publications section.
Finally, EUA works closely in partnership with ENQA, EURASHE and ESU (National Unions of Students in Europe) to ensure full student participation in these activities, and to encourage full cooperation between institutions and students in the development of the European Higher Education Area.