The Bologna Process
The overarching aim of the Bologna Process is to create a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) based on international cooperation and academic exchange that is attractive to European students and staff as well as to students and staff from other parts of the world.
The envisaged European Higher Education Area will

  • facilitate mobility of students, graduates and higher education staff;
  • prepare students for their future careers and for life as active citizens in democratic societies, and support their personal development;
  • offer broad access to high-quality higher education, based on democratic principles and academic freedom.

In the European Higher Education Area, qualifications frameworks are found at two levels: an overarching framework, adopted by the EHEA in 2005, and national qualifications frameworks, to be developed by each member country by 2010. The overarching framework sets the parameters within which each country will develop its own national framework, and it is the national framework that most directly affects study programs.

Bologna Process Official Web Site

Adelman, C. (2009). The Bologna Process for U.S. Eyes: Re-learning Higher Education in
the Age of Convergence. Institute for Higher Education Policy.

International Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
The Network is an international association of some 200 organizations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education. Its main purpose is to collect and disseminate information on the current and developing theory and practice in the assessment, improvement and maintenance of quality in higher education.