Cypriot Education Minister at Bergen for Mid-term Bologna review
Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) – Ministers responsible for higher education in 40 European countries, including Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture Pefkios Georghiades meet in Bergen to take stock of the progress of the Bologna Process.
The aim of the Bologna process is to create a common European Education Area within 2010. During the Summit to be held 19-20 May in Bergen, halfway to the headline goal, Ministers will meet with representatives from the EU Commission and other relevant actors to discuss the Bologna progress.
The outcome of 13 seminars held across Europe over the past year – which have noted the implementation of the ten Action Lines established in previous meetings on the Bologna process - will act as key basis for discussion.
Minister for Labour and Employment Francois Biltgen of the Luxembourg Presidency, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture and Multilingualism Jan Figel, and Norwegian Minister of Education and Research Kristin Clemet will open the ministerial conference.
The main focus of the Bologna Follow-up Group (BFUG) in the two years after the Berlin conference in 2003 has been on Quality Reform, which includes the implementation of quality assurance and the introduction of an overarching framework for qualifications of the European Higher Education Area. These aspects will be central in the assessment process of national progress by participating states.
The Bergen-held conference is the third of its kind, taking place after the Bologna Declaration in 1999, where its signatures decided to establish a coherent and cohesive European Higher Education Area.