The Bologna Declaration - Its’ purpose and intent was to bring standardization to the post secondary educational system across Europe by creating a two cycle system of comparable degrees; Bachelors and Masters.
The intent was to allow for increase mobility of post secondary students between European countries.
My proposal for the staff mobility ‘attachment’ was to visit European partner institutions and study the process of implementation of the changes in the post secondary educational system as well as problems and benefits associated with those changes.
The Netherlands was one of the first European country to fully implement the new system and have been working on this over the past five years. Their attitude from the start was to implement as quickly as possible.
Now after five years they are re-evaluating the changes they have made to date and are in the process of making revisions, with government co-operation with regards to accreditation.
What is the status of the implementation at Maastricht University ?
As with other universities in the Netherlands the new system has been fully implemented, with the exception of the School of Medicine and Law which have been excluded for time being. They will eventually be included.
Under Germany’s education system there are 16 German states which act autonomously and each state is responsible for the implementation and compliance with the new system. The new system was introduced to Germany in 2005. There was resistance from professors and administration at first, but in 2007 compliance with the new system became law and they are now working towards the goal.
Currently they have the old and the new systems running in parallel.