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The Globalisation Challenge for European Higher Education

Convergence and Diversity, Centres and Peripheries

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The last decade has marked European higher education with particular dynamics. Today, after a decade of «connected» policy, national systems look much more convergent but new questions and dilemmas are emerging: about the nature and quality of higher education, about the real impact of recent reforms in different countries, and about higher education's future. The book examines the impact of Europe-wide and global developments on national higher education systems. The authors try in particular to place upfront issues of convergence and diversity, of equity and of the relationship between centres and peripheries in higher education. The book is an outcome of research collaboration between six institutes which developed a EuroHESC research proposal on the consequences of expanded and differentiated higher education systems.
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The Bosnian Puzzle of Higher Education in the Perspective of the Bologna Process

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Tatjana Sekulić

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This article will focus on the case study of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country that since 2003 has been officially participating in the process of harmonising its higher education systems based on the Bologna principles (1999). The intention here is to contribute to the state-of-the-art in studies on the transformation of the higher education system(s) in this country, which seems to be relatively under-researched compared to other former Yugoslav successor countries. In the first part of the analysis we aim to reconstruct the institutional configuration of higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the following parts, the main achievements and obstacles in implementing the reform will be analysed, with references to different dimensions: political, social, economic and cultural. Finally, as Bosnia and Herzegovina has the status of “potential candidate country” to the EU accession, the impact of the European integration and enlargement process on the actual condition of Higher Education will be taken into consideration.

Key words: Bologna Process, Bosnia and Herzegovina, enlargement, European integration, harmonisation, higher education systems

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