This week we had the Internationalisation Change Programme lunchtime session. The first thing I have learnt is that organising even just a ‘simple’ lunch is no easy task! An hour before everyone arrived I was busy setting up the room for the session including food, seating and handouts.
The talk was on Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The Bologna Process is a series of ministerial meetings and agreements between European countries designed to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher education qualifications. Simon Sweeney talked about higher education at different levels (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) internationally. He also went into details regarding the challenges of facing higher education institutes including how to offer a foreign language as part of the degree. For example, should a foreign language be offered and graded as part of a science degree programme? Or should it be accredited separately on the degree transcript? He also outlined the ‘Bologna Action lines’ a system which could benefit higher education institutes significantly if applied. The two points that personally caught my eye were – “Adoption of a system of easily readable and comparable degrees” this will increase the amount of students that are able to work aboard, and “Promoting the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area” as at university and national level this almost non-existent.
I spent the rest of the working day playing with the diagnostic tool for the module ‘An integrated Systems approach’ in articulate storyline and engage.
All in all a very exciting day!