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Universities in International Competition

 

The Lisbon process aims to make Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economic area in the world. The modernisation and reciprocal opening of educational systems that are necessary for this purpose will result in far-reaching changes to the European education landscape. Increasing the mobility of students, teaching and research personnel is the basic prerequisite for the necessary transfer of knowledge. The diversity of educational systems in Europe has shown that mobility also demands compatibility. The European ministers of education have responded to this by initiating the Bologna process.

The objectives of the Bologna process, which now has to be implemented in 45 participating states by 2010, essentially include the creation of comprehensible and comparable qualifications (Diploma Supplement), the introduction of a 3-cycle tertiary education system (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate), the establishment of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and efforts to foster mobility among students, teachers, scientists and administrative personnel. The paramount goal is the creation of the European Higher Education Area and its incorporation into the European Research Area. One means of achieving this goal is to ensure that more doctoral students decide to pursue a research career in the European Higher Education Area.

The Bologna process has given new impetus to those efforts to achieve greater internationalisation within the Austrian higher education sector that already existed when the process was launched. The Universities Act 2002 has established the legal basis for the implementation of the key goals of the Bologna process and initiated one of the most comprehensive reform processes in the history of the universities. Autonomy and changed decision-making structures will open up new possibilities for Austria to successfully hold its own in international competition.

 

Date: 30.12.2005