Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

Master programmes in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2009

A new study published today by the European University Association (EUA) gives a detailed overview of the development of Master degrees in Europe. Based on a wide-ranging survey of European students, universities (leaders and academics) and employers – it specifically looks at how Master programmes in Europe have developed a decade after the Bologna process was launched. As a result of Bologna, the overall degree structure of many European countries has been fundamentally changed with the implementation of three degree cycles (bachelor, master and doctorate) that are defined in terms of learning outcomes and credit ranges. The results of the study show that a Bologna master ‘template’ is developing across Europe albeit in three distinctive forms of course provision; taught masters with a strong professional development application; the research intensive master which functions as a pre doctoral degree; and courses delivered to learners returning to education from the workplace.  While nearly all 46 of the Bologna signatory countries have implemented a master cycle into their national higher educations systems, the study shows that there is still much work to be done in terms of making the Master cycle more transparent and readable across national borders – to help facilitate recognition of degrees, mobility and exchanges between institutions. Report author Howard Davies explains: “After a decade of Bologna, the ‘European Master’ and its variants are well established in European higher education – and it is recognisable at least to professionals, agencies, institutions and governments active in higher education. But it has yet to be fully implemented and still to achieve a stable European profile in terms of pedagogy, labour market profile, its role in research, and in terms of funding and finance.” The new EUA report provides a detailed mapping of the Master degrees in Europe – including a country by country overview of the how countries have adopted the master cycle into their national higher education systems and how students enter the 2nd cycle. It also shows how the Bologna process has been enshrined in national legislations. The study concludes that no one system has been aligned with Bologna long enough for it to be embedded but instead systems are in varying degrees of transition. The results of EUA’s work will be presented to the 46 ministers of education who will attend the Bologna process Ministerial Summit in Belgium on 28/29 April.

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