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Chapter 10: The “Global Strategy” 2007 – 2011: The ExternalAttractiveness of the EHEA and Its Internal Uneasiness. Pavel Zgaga
Chapter 10 The “Global Strategy” 2007 – 2011: The External Attractiveness of the EHEA and Its Internal Uneasiness Pavel Zgaga International “attractiveness” and “competitiveness” have been high on the list of European higher education priorities for a long time. After years of discus- sion, the London summit of the Bologna Process adopted the strategy “The Eu- ropean Higher Education Area in a Global Setting” (Global Strategy 2007) on the issue. The aim of this chapter is to investigate its implementation during the first few years. It has only been four years; there has certainly not been enough time for substantial developments in this area. Furthermore, there is not much sound data yet. The most important data sources are reviews and reports pre- pared for the Leuven / Louvain-la-Neuve (2009) and Budapest-Vienna (2010) conferences, or in parallel with them, but there has not been much other research on the topic. We will employ a combined approach using both the reviews pre- pared within the Bologna Process as well as the external (or “independent”) ones to draw some conclusions. The chapter has been accomplished in November 2011 and does not take into account outcomes of the Bucharest (2012) confer- ence. The “global dimension” and the Bologna Process self-reflected Since 2005, “Bologna stocktaking reports” have been regularly prepared by the Bologna Follow-up Group (BFUG) for the biannual ministerial conferences. These reports provide analyses of developments in the priority areas between two conferences; and end with individual “scorecards” for each country as well as with...
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