The next large conference on European higher education, ten years after Bologna, will take place in Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve, which are the guest cities for the 2009 biennial ministerial meeting following up the Bologna process in higher education. Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve were the Benelux’s candidate cities, and obtained the honour above Croatia and Slovakia.
With the signing of the Bologna Declaration in 1999, at first 31 and since then more than 45 European countries and regions have pledged themselves to create the European Higher Education Area. The declaration has brought about a process of fundamental reform in all of Europe, including the introduction of the bachelor’s and master’s structure, closer cooperation between universities and technical schools, and the calling into being of an international accreditation institution, which has taken over the quality control of education from national governments.
To follow the process up and establish the work programmes for the coming years, European ministers of education meet biennially at a ministerial conference. The meeting in 2009 becomes important because the Bologna Declaration will be precisely ten years old and the course must be set for what must occur as of 2010 in the European Higher Education Area.
Source: Campuskrant International, University K.U. Leuven, December 2006