SRHE International Research and Researchers' Network is pleased to present:
The European Higher Education Area: key issues and ways forward
Monday 11th July 2011
12.00-4.00pm (lunch inclusive)
Venue: SRHE, 44 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4LL
The French university at the crossroads:
between bureaucratic accountability and the quest for excellence
Dr Romuald Normand & Prof. Jean-Louis Derouet, Institut Français de l'Education, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
French higher education institutions, beyond official rhetoric, remain profoundly divided between the elitism that provides excellence for the few, and the democratisation that is reflected in the massification of higher education. This is illustrated by the expanse between the prestigious and highly selective grandes écoles (the Oxbridge or Ivy League of the French system) and the 'fac' – the ordinary universities. Moreover, the paucity of French research and scholarship on higher education means that there is no persistent analytical and potentially critical voice coming from the academy, nor any relevant empirical findings. Changes have, however, occurred within the system with the Bologna process, the creation of the National Research Agency, and legislation on university autonomy. Romuald Normand and Jean-Louis Derouet will examine and analyse current tensions and propose ways forward.
The Strange Saga of Policy as Success
Guy Neave, Scientific Director of the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES) Porto, Portugal, and Professor Emeritus of the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies at Twente University, the Netherlands
This presentation is not concerned with the Bologna Process so much as an exemplar to examine a broader issue of HE policy as a multi-level process. Who defines success? And at what level – inter-governmental, system or institutional level? Does success at one inevitably mean success at another? How is the Bologna Process perceived less by reformers – by the pays politique – as by those who have reform done to them – that is, at institutional level by the pays réel, academics, students and administrators. This presentation draws on findings across seven higher education establishments in four EU member states: Norway, Portugal, Italy and Germany. It suggests optimism is best when heavily diluted with caution.
The European Higher Education Area (EHEA): is there a future?
Noël Vercruysse, Director, Higher Education Policy Unit, Flemish Belgian Ministry of Education
The implementation of the Bologna Process in the first decade of the 21st century has had a significant impact on European higher education at levels of the system: the government, higher education institutions, academic staff and students. Much has been achieved, but it is certainly an exaggeration to say that we are living in a vibrant and dynamic EHEA. After the Leuven conference in 2009 the Bologna Process and the EHEA are losing momentum. Why is this, and what can be done about it? Is there still a future for the EHEA, and, if so, what kind of future? Noël Vercruysse will discuss these issues as well as focus on what he considers a main policy priority for the coming years: differentiation and diversity in higher education and the consequent need of good transparency tools.
Event booking details
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