EUA has been conducting the Trends projects, and the resulting reports published since 1999, with a view to feeding an institutional perspective into European higher education policy discussions, and improving exchange and networking among and support for European universities. Over time, EUA’s Trends reports have become crucial sources of information and reference works for policy makers and the higher education community alike.
The first Trends report, produced for the Ministerial meeting in Bologna in 1999, described the state of European higher education, and provided a rationale for the development of a European Higher Education Area. The second report, produced for the Prague Ministerial Conference in 2001 gave a further update of national developments and extended the geographical coverage in Europe.
Trends III, prepared in 2003 for EUA’s Higher Education Convention in Graz, and for the Berlin Ministerial Conference, was the first report to introduce the perspective of higher education institutions into the analysis, following a questionnaire that gathered over 800 institutional replies. This report raised several questions and challenges regarding the nature of institutional implementation, many of which were explored in greater depth through a series of institutional site visits undertaken for both the Trends IV and the Trends V reports (with additional focus group discussions).
The same methodology – combining a survey questionnaire, institutional site visits and focus group discussions – was used again for the 2010 edition of the Trends in European Higher Education Report. Since Trends IV, the focus of the reports was to explore how the Bologna Process impacts upon overall institutional developments and situating this within different national contexts. This focus was maintained in Trends 2010, with the additional aim of examining a decade of Bologna reforms in the context of other changes that have affected higher education, whether through international, European or national developments.
More information on the latest (7th) Trends project, Trends 2015, launched in 2013, will be available shortly.
Trends 2010 (VI)
Past Trends reports