Open seminar: The ideational background of the Bologna Process

Presenter: Klemen Miklavic

Klemen Miklavic. Photo: Private


The Bologna Process is the central political initiative in the context of Europeanisation of higher education and perhaps the most influential pan-European policy initiative addressing higher education and affecting the national-level policies. The paper is dedicated to the ideational background of the Bologna Process. The author examines and contextualises various, often opposing ideas and concepts appearing in the discourse of the Bologna Process and sheds light on the role of involved actors in generating, coordinating, legitimising and communicating discourses and ideas.

In the Bologna process it is possible to detect three ideational streams: first, pragmatic ideas on universities serving the economic development and contributing to European competitiveness; second, the invocation of the public good intertwined with the democratic values of post world war II Europe; and third, the tendency of perceiving higher education as a lucrative industry on the global market of services.

Identifying the main discourses and ideas contributes to understanding the discursive meaning, role and function of higher education in contemporary European societies.

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Published Apr. 5, 2013 1:58 PM - Last modified Apr. 16, 2015 3:23 PM