Excellence in European Higher Education: Bologna and Beyond

Don F. Westerheijden

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This paper explores the role of quality and quality assurance in European higher education, both in the current Bologna process and in the further future. The tension between striving for excellence and achieving adequate, threshold levels of quality, is a major theme. It describes accreditation as a major form of quality assurance, spreading because of the Bologna process in Europe. Then, major policy developments up to the European Standards and Guidelines are sketched. A discussion follows of limitations quality assurance encounters in further fostering European harmonisation of higher education and of some other instruments (e.g. rankings). Finally, some major influences on the future European higher education landscape are sketched, leading to the conclusion that notwithstanding the advent of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), intra-European differences will remain important.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternationalization and the Move Towards Excellence in Higher Education 2008: Conference - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 28 Mar 200828 Mar 2008


ConferenceInternationalization and the Move Towards Excellence in Higher Education 2008


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