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OutlineThe Bologna Bachelor/Master reformBologna: Where are we now?by: Hans Dierckx, Lesley De Cruz, Jan Fostier and Sylvester JoostenEUPEN – EGF2006Vereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

OutlineOutline1General IntroductionSome words about the VVNThe Bologna Reforms2Students’ opinions on BolognaValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of education3ConclusionVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

OutlineOutline1General IntroductionSome words about the VVNThe Bologna Reforms2Students’ opinions on BolognaValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of education3ConclusionVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

OutlineOutline1General IntroductionSome words about the VVNThe Bologna Reforms2Students’ opinions on BolognaValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of education3ConclusionVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionVVNBolognaOutline1General IntroductionSome words about the VVNThe Bologna Reforms2Students’ opinions on BolognaValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of education3ConclusionVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionVVNBolognaSome words about the VVNVereniging voor Natuurkunde Association for physics 10 students organising various physics related events:Lectures about various hot–topicsWorkshopsEducational trips (eg. DESY, JET, .)Also rather student-like activities (sport events, .)Independent and local (Ghent) association, founded andmaintained by students onlyVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionVVNBolognaSome words about the VVNVereniging voor Natuurkunde Association for physics 10 students organising various physics related events:Lectures about various hot–topicsWorkshopsEducational trips (eg. DESY, JET, .)Also rather student-like activities (sport events, .)Independent and local (Ghent) association, founded andmaintained by students onlyVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionVVNBolognaSome words about the VVNVereniging voor Natuurkunde Association for physics 10 students organising various physics related events:Lectures about various hot–topicsWorkshopsEducational trips (eg. DESY, JET, .)Also rather student-like activities (sport events, .)Independent and local (Ghent) association, founded andmaintained by students onlyVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionVVNBolognaOutline1General IntroductionSome words about the VVNThe Bologna Reforms2Students’ opinions on BolognaValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of education3ConclusionVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionVVNBolognaThe Bologna ReformsThe aims of BolognaUnified academic education in Europe(”European Higher Education Area”)Assure the future of a knowledge-based economy and itswelfareThe meansValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of educationVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionVVNBolognaThe Bologna ReformsThe aims of BolognaUnified academic education in Europe(”European Higher Education Area”)Assure the future of a knowledge-based economy and itswelfareThe meansValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of educationVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionUniformity versus transparencyMobility and multiculturalismQuality of educationOutline1General IntroductionSome words about the VVNThe Bologna Reforms2Students’ opinions on BolognaValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of education3ConclusionVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionUniformity versus transparencyMobility and multiculturalismQuality of educationValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemGoal is transparency of degrees BUTEqual names 6 equal content loss of transparencyPremature outflow of studentsThe step from Ba to Ma may be considered a barrier bymany students (glass ceiling effect)Higher tuition fees for second cycle?Vereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionUniformity versus transparencyMobility and multiculturalismQuality of educationValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemSolutionsClear reformulation of the meaning and purpose of theinternational degrees more fashioned after a logical differentiation of aimsAttainable by more drastic measures independenthistorical developmentsTransparent communication of the meaning and purpose ofthe degreesA thorough scientific curriculum encompasses the twocycles no financial barriers!Vereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionUniformity versus transparencyMobility and multiculturalismQuality of educationOutline1General IntroductionSome words about the VVNThe Bologna Reforms2Students’ opinions on BolognaValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of education3ConclusionVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionUniformity versus transparencyMobility and multiculturalismQuality of educationIncreased student mobilitySeveral obstacles ariseEnglish the lingua franca of science, but not of the peopleSocioeconomic threshold for international mobilityComplete internationalisation of the courses wanted?Decline of the cultural diversityVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionUniformity versus transparencyMobility and multiculturalismQuality of educationIncreased student mobilitySolutionsBetter preparation in primary and secondary educationSolid knowledge of English mandatory before enteringhigher educationEncouragement of multilingualism at an early ageRealistic support for promising students with financialdifficultiesBetter promotion of the existing intra-European possibilities(ERASMUS, summerschools, .)Encouragement to learn the local language and culture formore actual involvementVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionUniformity versus transparencyMobility and multiculturalismQuality of educationOutline1General IntroductionSome words about the VVNThe Bologna Reforms2Students’ opinions on BolognaValidity of degrees throughout Europe: Ba/Ma systemIncreased student mobilityQuality of education3ConclusionVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionUniformity versus transparencyMobility and multiculturalismQuality of educationQuality of educationQuality problemsHow to balance quality assurance and academic freedom?Students in the transition years will suffer a lot from thereformsThe student participation level in decision making variesstrongly by universityVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionUniformity versus transparencyMobility and multiculturalismQuality of educationQuality of educationSolutionsClearly outlined control mechanism (distinct minimalrequirements)Freedom for local emphases essentialWhether they want to or not, students should have a say in:The composition of new curricula and workloaddetermination(anonymous) evaluations for the detection of lacunae,overlaps and other quality issuesVereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionConclusionChallengesTransparency instead of simple uniformityExtra stimulation of internationalizationRespect and attention for cultural diversityDistinct minimum requirementsOptimal accessibility for everyoneIrreversible process, currently in transition chaosτstabilisation ?Bologna was not built in one day!Vereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionConclusionChallengesTransparency instead of simple uniformityExtra stimulation of internationalizationRespect and attention for cultural diversityDistinct minimum requirementsOptimal accessibility for everyoneIrreversible process, currently in transition chaosτstabilisation ?Bologna was not built in one day!Vereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

IntroductionStudents’ opinionsConclusionConclusionChallengesTransparency instead of simple uniformityExtra stimulation of internationalizationRespect and attention for cultural diversityDistinct minimum requirementsOptimal accessibility for everyoneIrreversible process, currently in transition chaosτstabilisation ?Bologna was not built in one day!Vereniging Voor Natuurkunde (VVN)Students on Bologna

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The Bologna Bachelor/Master reform - Bologna: Where are we now? Author: by: Hans Dierckx, Lesley De Cruz, Jan Fostier and Sylvester Joosten Subject: Students on Bologna Created Date: 9/15/2006 11:45:40 PM