Federation of European Biochemical
Societies CONGRESS 2013
“Mechanisms in Biology”
July 6th - 11th 2013,
St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
Main / Education in Biochemistry / Symposium "The Bologna Process – Towards the European Higher Education Area: Discussing the Pros and Cons"

Symposium "The Bologna Process – Towards the European Higher Education Area: Discussing the Pros and Cons"

Education in BiochemistryThe Bologna Process Towards the European Higher Education Area: Discussing the Pros and Cons” (ED-S36)

Chairs: Ferdinand Hucho
  Tatiana Ovchinnikova

INTRODUCTION
With the signing in 1999 of the Bologna Declaration (not ‘treaty’!) by Education Ministers from 29 European countries at the University of Bologna (Italy) a comprehensive reform of the European higher education was initiated. Presently (beginning of 2013) 47 countries participate and implemented to various degrees its main features. The goals were among others:

  • to increase students’ mobility among European countries by adapting qualifications and degrees (Bachelor/Master);
  • to secure comparable quality standards of higher education on the national and European international level;
  • to enable students to reach a qualification in shorter time and to decrease the number of dropouts.

The Bologna Process was praised by some as a “European success story”, pointing out to increasing student numbers, shorter times until vocational qualification, increasing internationalisation of student bodies. Others criticized the predominantly economical motivation of the reform. Some regretted to have to abandon successful national traditions, e.g. a clear differentiation between vocational and academic higher education.

The Bologna Process has a long history of national and international conferences, discussions, and declarations. On purpose it is called a ‘Process’, not terminated by European legislation. This opens the opportunity to collect experiences and to learn. The ‘Process’ goes on, the reform is open for reform! This symposium aims at exchanging information about positive and negative developments and possibly at suggestions for improvements.

July 8, 2013

08.30 – 08.35

Ferdinand Hucho (Berlin, Germany), Tatiana Ovchinnikova (Moscow, Russia)  

Introduction

08.35 - 09.10

TBA

 

09.10 - 09.35

Ulrich Hahn   Hamburg University, Germany

The Bologna process – what we lost and what we missed

09.35 - 10.00

Ivan Leban   University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Bologna reform – locally and globally

10.00 - 10.25

Burkhard Bechinger   University of Strasbourg, France

How the Bologna rules affect the university education of biological chemistry students at the University of Strasbourg