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Information for Higher Education Institutions


In order to support an even implementation of the Bologna Process among EHEA-countries and policy fields, the project „bologna hub peer support“ matches Bologna experts with Higher Education Institutions (HEI). 27 experts from all across the EHEA will conduct peer counselling missions at different HEIs until August 2022. These experts have been identified through a Europe-wide call for expression of interest and were selected based on their relevant expertise in Bologna-related topics. A broad range of issues will be covered by experts with different profiles to adequately address the specific needs of each higher education institution.

The Counselling Mission – General Information

During the demand driven and tailor-made peer-counselling visits (digital or on-site), 1-2 experts will consult the HEIs on practical reform matters as well as assist and support them in solving identified problems through methods of peer learning.

Issues which might be addressed in the course of the peer support are:

The Bologna key commitments

  • implementation of the three-cycle Bachelor-Master-Doctorate degree structure
  • recognition of qualifications in compliance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention
  • quality assurance in compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area

Further issues will be addressed such as:

  • ECTS for student-centred teaching and learning
  • use of Diploma Supplements
  • formulation of Learning Outcomes
  • curriculum development/modularisation
  • innovative approaches to learning and teaching (e.g. digitalisation)
  • mobility and internationalisation

The Phases of a Counselling Mission

The counselling mission consists of a kick-off visit and a follow-up visit at the institution (6-12 months after the first visit). In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, parts of the counselling mission are likely to be carried out by digital means.
Prior to the first peer counselling visit, the HEIs are asked to answer a survey. Based on the results, a preliminary study about the needs, challenges and degree of implementation is elaborated. For this purpose, a direct contact between the institution and the Bologna expert will be established.
During the first peer counselling visit, the Bologna experts advise the HEIs on practical reforms in a peer-to-peer approach.
After the first visit, the experts and the HEIs are asked to fill out a survey on the added value and the potential shortfalls of the visit. The results will help to prepare and, if needed, to adjust the follow-up visit.
Between the first and second visit, the HEIs will try to implement the suggestions, ideas and recommendations jointly developed with the expert during the first peer counselling visit.
After the implementation period, the experts conduct a follow-up visit at the institution in order to discuss and to jointly reflect specific challenges presented within the scope of the implementation period. If needed, new solutions will be developed together, based on peer learning methods.  
At the end of the project, all involved HEIs are invited to participate in a final conference together with the experts, the project consortium and other stakeholders. The results will be discussed and recorded in a final paper.
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HEIs could apply for participation in the project until 31 March 2021.

Time Frame of the Project

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