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ERIC Number: EJ768540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Time to Stop Beating around the Bush: A German Perspective on National Standards in the Bologna Process
Wex, Peter
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v11 n3 p74-77 Jul 2007
It is undeniable that in Germany today higher education (HE) cannot be as it was in Humboldt's day 200 years ago. The mass university, together with social and politico-educational challenges, has created problems which require fundamental and lasting solutions. The key question is: how can the transformation from the industrial age to the knowledge society be organised? In relation to HE, European politicians have tackled this issue by adopting the principles of the Anglo-Saxon system. This transformation is not fully accepted, or is actually rejected, by a high percentage of students and academic staff. The following three aspects are to varying degrees relevant to this: (1) the European HE system will be fully implemented by 2010; (2) difficulties of adaptation and adjustment are increasing, so that the whole process of reform is undermined; and (3) as the advantages and disadvantages of the Bologna Process become clearer, they give rise to separate national processes of reform. The Bologna Process does not have an end in itself. It has no theoretical framework. The original intention was to create a unified European area for higher education in order to harmonise HE systems. Nowadays this development includes the efforts of HEIs to increase competitiveness and raise the profile of European HE. Only in this way can Europe prepare for worldwide competition. In this article, the author discusses why these aims cannot be achieved by means of reforms at national rather than European level and the disadvantages of the Bologna model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany