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04/25/2019 - 04/26/2019 | Hannover

Bologna – The Surprising Success of an Educational Vision

What are the achievements and where are still stumbling blocks in the Bologna process? Experts will address these questions at a symposium on April 25 - 26 in Hannover, Germany.

At the end of the 1990s France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom shared the common vision to establish a European higher education area. The so-called Bologna process began with a series of ministerial meetings and agreements between European countries to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher-education qualifications. Finally, the Bologna declaration was signed by education ministers from 29 European countries in 1999. Now, twenty years later, 48 countries have joined the initiative that became a success story.

Together with the European University Association and the German Rector's Conference the Volkswagen Foundation would like to use this anniversary as an opportunity for a critical review and a debate on future perspectives.

The harshest criticism was probably expressed in 2011 by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek who called the process "an attack on the public use of reason" and "the end of intellectual life as we know it". Has his skepticism confirmed itself at the end of the first decade of the 21st century or do we now have a really modern European education system that helps us to meet the great challenges posed by progressive globalizaton and digitization?

The focus of the symposium is not only on such a big question, but above all on the many practical challenges we face today, such as:

- What importance do we attach to the Bachelor's degree?
- What is the Master's for?
- What distinguishes Ph.D. students from early career researchers?
- Which future skills and competencies do graduates need today?
- What infrastructural prerequisites must be created to ensure student mobility?
- Which elements should we add to improve the European higher education system?


PROGRAM:

APRIL 25, 2019


WORDS OF WELCOME
Dr. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation
Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, President, German Rectors' Conference
Prof. Rolf Tarrach, President, European University Association


THE BOLOGNA PROCESS – A HISTORICAL REVIEW (Chair: Dr. Wilhelm Krull)


KEYNOTE SPEECH
Prof. Dr. Barbara Kehm, Leibniz Centre for Science and Society (LCSS), University of Hanover


PANEL DISCUSSION: FROM FOUR TO FORTY-EIGHT – HOW THE IDEA OF FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY AND THE UK TO ESTABLISH A EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION AREA GOT HOLD OF EUROPE

Edelgard Bulmahn, Former Federal Minister of Science and Education, Germany
Prof. Dr. Martina Vukasović, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen
Prof. Dr. Georg Winckler, Member of the University Council, University of Vienna, and Former President of the European University Association


SESSION 1: BACHELOR – PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION OR INTERMEDIATE EXAMINATION? (Chair: Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, President, German Rectors' Conference)

Prof. Filip Dochy, Corporate Training, Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Leuven: Which Skills Do Bachelors Have To Acquire?

Prof. Dr. Sascha Spoun, President, Leuphana University of Lüneburg: The Added Benefit of a General Studies Programme

Prof. Dr. Johannes Bergemann, Institute of Archaeology, University of Göttingen: Open University Area by Bachelor and Master? The Need for Student Mobility and the Example of PONS

Afterwards fishbowl discussion starting with the three panelists and then open to the plenary


SESSION 2: MASTER - WHAT IS THE MASTER FOR? (Chair: Dr. Wilhelm Krull)


KEYNOTE LECTURE
Prof. Dr. Liviu Matei, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, CEU Budapest: "What is the Master for?" Re-thinking Master's Education in Europe –
Results of a Study at CEU Budapest

Commentators:
Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans, Scientific Director, German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
Dr. Steffen Schwartz –Höfler (tbc), Head of CSR, Continental-AG


APRIL 26, 2019


SESSION 3: PHD STUDENTS OR EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS? (Chair: Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe, Director of the Board, UniWiND)

Catherine Millett, Ph.D., Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ: "Three Magic Letters"/PhD-Study

Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D., President, University of Potsdam: What Should Practice-based Doctorates Look Like?

Prof. Dr. Claudia Stockinger, Humboldt University Berlin: What Could a Good Start for PHD Students Look Like?

Afterwards fishbowl discussion starting with the three panelists and then open to the plenary


SESSION 4, PART I: STUDYING IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION AND DIGITALIZATION: FUTURE SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES (Chair: Prof. Dr. Jan Palmowski, Secretary General of the Guild of European Research-intensive
Universities)

Prof. Dr. Julia Klier, Institute of Business Informatics, University of Regensburg: Future Skills: Which Competences Do We Need?

Prof. Clay Shirky (tbc), Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University: Digital Learning / Interactive Communication


PANEL DISCUSSION: THE USE OF DIGITAL DEVICES – CURSE OR BLESSING?

Prof. Dr. Martin Korte, Department of Neurobiology, Technical University Braunschweig
Prof. Dr. Karsten Morisse, Media Informatics, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück
Prof. Clay Shirky (tbc), Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University


SESSION 4, PART II: STUDYING IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION AND DIGITALIZATION INSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVES (Chair: Dr. Henrike Hartmann, Head of Funding, Volkswagen Foundation)

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Rector, University of Freiburg: The Idea of a European University

Prof. Robert Coelen, Ph.D. (tbc), Stenden University of Applied Sciences: Professional and Employability Outcomes from International Mobility

Prof. Dr. Julia von Blumenthal, President, Viadrina University Frankfurt/ Oder: Looking beyond Europe


PANEL DISCUSSION "ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM IN EUROPE" (Chair: Dr. Wilhelm Krull)

Prof. Christine Musselin, Sciences Po, Paris
Prof. Adrian Curaj, Former Minister of Education, Romania; Director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)
Dr. Sijbolt Noorda, President of the Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna
Dr. Georg Schütte, State Secretary, Federal ministry of Education and Research
Prof. Lesley Wilson, Secretary General, European University Association

(A constantly updated version of the program can be found on our website:https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungskalender/einzelv...)


REGISTRATION:

If you would like to attend the symposium, please register by clicking on the registration link on our website https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungskalender/einzelv.... There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential.


LANGUAGE:

The conference language is English.


VENUE AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".

Information on participating / attending:
If you would like to attend the symposium, please register by clicking on the registration link on our website https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungskalender/einzelv.... There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential.

Date:

04/25/2019 12:00 - 04/26/2019 17:30

Event venue:

Herrenhausen Palace
Herrenhäuser Str. 5
30419 Hannover
Niedersachsen
Germany

Target group:

Scientists and scholars, Students

Relevance:

international

Subject areas:

interdisciplinary

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference

Entry:

01/29/2019

Sender/author:

Jens Rehländer

Department:

Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Event is free:

yes

Language of the text:

English

URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event62673

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