Going Mobile: Internationalisation, mobility and the European Higher Education Area

Simon Sweeney
The Higher Education Academy. British Council.

This booklet is designed to identify challenges to and
opportunities for UK higher education institutions (HEIs) in the
Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
It aims to:
— engage UK HEIs more actively in the spirit and application of
the Bologna Process;
— identify ways in which UK HEIs might benefit from more active
commitment to the Bologna Process;
— provide a basic understanding of the principles underlying the
Bologna Process and the EHEA.
The Bologna Process presents challenges to UK higher education,
several of which reflect issues of current debate. These include:
— the relationship between the Bologna Process and European
— the global dimension of Bologna and implications for the
international attractiveness and competitiveness of UK
— Bologna and Doctoral studies, including prerequisites for entry
to Doctoral-level programmes;
— the impact of Erasmus Mundus Doctoral programmes;
— curriculum reform and the European dimension;
— student mobility in all cycles;
— staff mobility;
— quality assurance, accreditation and ranking;
— transcripts, the proposed Higher Education Achievement
Record (HEAR) and the Diploma Supplement;
— credits, workload, learning outcomes and ‘fast-track’, two-year,
first-cycle degrees;
— integrated Master programmes – one- and/or two-year Master
— increased transparency on the comparative costs of UK higher
— the impact of more teaching through English in other EU
— social inclusion.
This project has been funded with support from the European
Commission and the Higher Education Academy. This publication
reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot
be held responsible for any use which may be made of the
information contained therein.