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Bologna Module - English

Nuffic Academy
Kortenaerkade 11
2518 AX Den Haag

1. Origins and development of the Bologna Process

Contrary to popular belief, the Bologna Process does not stem from an initiative of the European Commission, but from an action initiated by four EU countries. France, Germany, Italy and Great Britain signed the Sorbonne Declaration in Paris on 25 May 1998. The immediate cause was their concern for the competitive position of European higher education in a worldwide perspective.

The signing of the Sorbonne Declaration sparked a discussion in Europe that led to the signing the Bologna Declaration a year later and that marked the launch of the Bologna Process. The aim was to make it easier for students and workers to live, study and work anywhere in Europe. We will now explain the origins of the Bologna Process and what the process has meant for higher education in the Netherlands.